Song and dance before e-toll hearing

2012-04-24 11:39

Pretoria - Despite a heavy police presence, defiant motorists hooted and shouted along Pretoria's Vermuelen Street, voicing disapproval over the e-tolling system to be challenged in court on Tuesday.

Scores of Democratic Alliance supporters braved the cold weather and gathered outside the North Gauteng High Court, which was set to hear an application by Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa).

Dressed in uniform blue material, the lively protesters led by DA Gauteng leader, Jack Bloom, sang and waved posters with messages opposing tolling of the Gauteng roads.

The posters read: "Hoot for a toll free GP" and "e-thief".

"This massive wailing and hooting you are witnessing now is the widespread public opposition to toll roads," said Bloom.

"The toll roads have united people of Gauteng in protest. Public opinion must be heard and respected all the time."

Advocate Owen Bloomberg, a member of Outa's legal team, said Tuesday's deliberations in court would centre around "technical arguments regarding the parties to be involved in the court battle".

  • Dineo - 2012-04-24 11:45

    Government should just giveup and hear the people for once. Should we really strike to get what we want? Do some people strike to be in polygamy?

      Vince - 2012-04-24 11:49

      You are right Dineo, i for one refuse to pay and they will never get me to pay either,

      Alan - 2012-04-24 11:50

      da people should hoot permanently from now on when they go past any Govt. INstitution to show their support for E-Tolls. It aint illegal to hoot as far as I know.....

      Tsotsi - 2012-04-24 11:55

      Amandla to that. #Power to the people

      Max - 2012-04-24 12:07

      @Tsotsi, you are for the nasionalization of property and everything that belongs to whites but against the nasionalization of roads with your power to the people shyte. So to steal is fine with you as long as it is from a specific group of people?

      Peter - 2012-04-24 12:41

      @Philemon its not Tshwane, its Pretoria. Bad commenting from Philemon.

      Peter - 2012-04-24 12:46

      @Tsotsi do you have proof of this so called stealing? If what you say is true then the same can be said then about black people in the rest of the world. They should all be deported back to africa so you can keep your africa black and live in poverty. Enjoy living in Sudan... oh my bad South Africa

      Kala - 2012-04-24 12:52

      Folks Tsotsi is a white dude. Ignore him and he will go away. Don't feed the trolls

      riettevr - 2012-04-24 13:43

      Hahaha. Tsotsi, did Jan van Riebeeck arive at a thriving city?

      Peter - 2012-04-24 14:45

      @Tsotsi, HAHAHA, and you think the ethnic groups that moved down into africa arrived with land? I fail to see the difference. Do you honestly think you would be in a better position today had the country not be colonized? Must be great being retarded lol

  • Smile - 2012-04-24 11:46

    VIVA DA!!! To all South AFricans. If you vote for a corrupt cANCer then this is the consequence. You should relies that the ANC only wants your money and your vote. DOWN WITH IDIOCRACY!!!

  • Piet - 2012-04-24 11:46

    Go and find out tax money that was wasted on other stuff over the last 17 years to fund this expenditure! I will not buy an etag!!!

  • mbonyathi - 2012-04-24 11:46

    Honk honk!!

      Alan - 2012-04-24 11:51

      haha viva da Hooters!

  • anthro45 - 2012-04-24 11:48

    Come on ANC. This is supposed to be a democratic country. The majority of South Africans are against the e-toll. So scrap it. Do the democratic thing. Or are the spoils to good?

      David - 2012-04-24 11:58

      Govt pernsion fund involved. They stand to loose a lot as well as not making the millions that they are expecting to take off the top. Bunch of idiots.

  • Kobus - 2012-04-24 11:48


  • Jacques - 2012-04-24 11:49

    I'm in Cape Town, but honk a hoot for me!

  • Jacques - 2012-04-24 11:49

    I'm in Cape Town, but honk a hoot for me!

  • Chris - 2012-04-24 11:49

    I'm not in Gauteng, but... HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!!

  • Dave - 2012-04-24 11:52

    So why the heavy police presence.....someone scared?

      Alan - 2012-04-24 11:56

      Haha - they cant keep the heavy presence going on indefinately. Mebbe the police will be issued with ear muffs - because if the hooting carries on indefinately, it wont be good for their ears.

  • Peter - 2012-04-24 11:56

    Get the money from the recovered spoils of corruption to fun the e-tolling system

  • Sechaba - 2012-04-24 11:58

    For the first time in my life I am with DA on this one

      Piet - 2012-04-24 12:05

      Now to vote for them to!!

      Dave - 2012-04-24 12:06

      This should be about backing a principle that you have, not a party, hell I'm supporting Cosatu on this, I will support anyone who will assist in bringing this down.

      Sechaba - 2012-04-24 12:10

      If they can stop calling us refugees and remove helen zille, trollip is good

      Peter - 2012-04-24 12:52

      @Sechaba are you an eastern cape pupil trying to get aid from the western cape and its government because your local government cannot provide you education? Then... you... are... not... a... refugee. Get over yourself and take what is said in context

  • Riad - 2012-04-24 12:11

    What I find rather intriguing is the fact that we now have Treasury involved in this debacle and the recent revelation that's brought forward only leaves one to ponder the business skill the relevant decision makes within government possess that gave this their approval. The financial rational put forth leaves more questions and screams out aloud that SANRAL’s & Governments is in a pickle and they looking for a bail out from it’s constituency. If this happened in a corporate environment, the shareholders (in this case, that's you and I being the tax payer) would instruct the board to step down. I guess that the present governments time is up, YOU FIRED………

      Martin - 2012-04-24 12:42

      let them eat cake

      Ridwan - 2012-04-24 13:20

      Come 2014....The nation must speak with the Vote!

  • Jak - 2012-04-24 12:16

    I will get a tag when they come to me with cuffs and a warrant of arrest

      Ben - 2012-04-24 12:29

      with over a million summons issued a month, I dont think that's going to happen. hehe

      Kobus - 2012-04-24 12:35

      They are now advertising that they will deliver the etag to your home or wherever. Maybe more than a million should order it and then claim no money to pay for it when they arrive hahaha

      amedee.prollius1 - 2012-04-24 12:57

      EK STEM 100% SAAM JOU.....

      Juan-Pierre - 2012-04-24 13:18


  • Leon - 2012-04-24 12:22

    Hey Gavament! as you count the rands rolling in,watch your votes roll out!

  • Ben - 2012-04-24 12:33

    Just say no people. Simply don't pay. Don't let them bully you into this badly disguised form of racketeering. They forgot who they work for...They used our money without asking. Now they're panicking because they're going to have to answer if they lose it. Dirty bunch of companies in bed with each other in this shady deal.

      mutiraasi - 2012-04-24 12:52

      They should all be jailed.

      Ridwan - 2012-04-24 13:16

      Sorry Ben....The South African Nation works for these thugs and rackateers! The anCancer do not have the nations interests at heart...only their own! I can confidently say that Desmond Tutu will soon see his wishes come true...the fall of this pathetic excuse of a government!

  • modumo - 2012-04-24 12:58

    The problem here is that they government can not allow this project to fail,they will and are going to shove it down people's throats. If this fails it would mean that governemnt will have to bailout SANRAL and the PEnsion fund in which they acquired 5Billion of the publics pensions in the hopes of the tax payer return this with interest. What we need to do is unite and fight against this economic enslavement, we can not and should not be paying for upgrades which are part and parcle of the governments service delivery objectives and mandates. We also can not bepaying for and upgrade which we believed was done for the World cup. Let the voice of the people be heard and the governemt should follow us and not the other way around.

      antoinette.jordaan - 2012-04-24 13:11

      There's the sad truth.......with the treasury now getting involved, it's definitely turning bleak. Perhaps if they listened to the people from the get-go, we would not also be spending money fighting them in court!! I just don't know how we are going to keep up with all the money we have to keep on giving, and giving and giving. Petrol's also going up......somewhere there's gonna be an implosion......i'm just worried that it's us.

      robbie.crouch - 2012-04-24 13:12

      Tolling must not be allowed, it is a restriction on our right to free movement... modern form of the Dompass.

      Ridwan - 2012-04-24 13:18

      What service delivery objectives are you talking about? The only "servcie delivery" i see here are to the bank accounts of these goons!

      modumo - 2012-04-24 14:25

      @Ridwan, I mean what they are suppose to be doing not what they are currently doing. If this is implemented I do not see the ANC in existance after 2020. I will not work myself to the bone just to be taxed left right and centre and at the end of it all you dont feel safe, education is in a state, health care is even worse. The avareage South African lives off R100, which entails: Bread : R10 Electricity consumption of about 20 units: R25 Milk : R10 Petrol or bus fare: R25 - R50 Lunch : R10 - R25 Already this demonstrates that you are exceeding your daily budget and how will people be expected to generate that extra R27.50 for each working day you travel through the tolls. Its will mean that 1 or 2 items from the above mentioned list need to be forfeited.

  • antoinette.jordaan - 2012-04-24 13:08

    Can't help to feed the trolls........@Tsotsi....did the Xhosa and Zulu pitch up in ZA with land? *slaps own forehead* Dang it...

  • FinalJustice - 2012-04-24 13:52

    People of GP, the solution is clear and simple: All you need to do is DO NOT pay. There's no way our current law enforcement structures can prosecute 3-5mil. motorists plus the rest of the country's vehicles that pass through those toll gates on a daily basis. For once in our precious democratic history, take a stand by sitting down and do nothing!

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