Swartruggens toll protest to go ahead

2013-01-24 13:04

Mahikeng - A planned protest at the Swartruggens toll plaza in North West will go ahead on Friday, Cosatu said.

This is despite hiccups experienced obtaining permission from law enforcement last week, Congress of SA Trade Unions North West provincial secretary Solly Phetoe said on Thursday.

Cosatu wanted to hold an overnight protest last week to demand that toll fees be scrapped, or reduced from R71 to R20 for a standard car. While it did not have permission for an overnight protest, it would be allowed to march on Friday, he said.

"We will be marching to the toll gate to demand answers on the memoranda submitted to the department of transport and Sanral [the SA National Roads Agency Limited] to reduce the toll fees, as it put a social burden [on] to the poor people of the province and the country in general," Phetoe said.

The march to the toll gate would start at noon from Swartruggens.

  • phae.rayden - 2013-01-24 13:12

    I find it impossible to wrap my head around a toll gate in Swartruggens, next Pomfret, or Katu maybe?

      kalabafazi - 2013-01-24 13:26

      But you won't find one on the road to the Inkandla compound.

      kirk.bygate - 2013-01-24 15:52

      All major routes to border posts are tolled. The Swartruggens Toll is purely to nail truck running supplies to Botswana and Namibia via lobatse.

  • luther.duplessis.3 - 2013-01-24 13:15

    scrap, not less!!!

  • hasanibooysen.hlungwana - 2013-01-24 13:24

    Hear me out- here week in week out we are going to witness this kind... .. People protesting ..

  • stephan.butler.14 - 2013-01-24 13:39

    Where is that toll money being used because your roads in your province is bad and poor maintained. Probably the ministers new car or alterations to his house? Wake up South Africans the whole country is falling apart slowly since 1994 when ANC took over the goverment.

  • vmeiring1 - 2013-01-24 13:39

    Go Cosato. You've got millions behind u

  • tbmarcussen - 2013-01-24 13:44

    Protest , strike , violence , theft , ANC

  • Elizabeth Bothma - 2013-01-24 14:33

    No wonder protesters destroy property, is violent and have no respect for law and order. Look at their example, their union will unlawfully go ahead with the strike! really Cosatu - you think you are above the law!!!

      dave.kofang - 2013-01-24 14:36

      So Elizabeth you are prepared to pay R71 for a car?If you dnt know what to say,just dont comment.

      john.mokgothu.5 - 2013-01-24 15:57

      I urge all comrades to come in numbers to support the strike.The capitalists are amasing wealth at the expense of the poorm.

  • warren.rodel - 2013-01-24 15:57

    Yay! more burning and shooting, lets see if it can get higher than 5!

  • Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-01-24 20:05

    Yes, they must learn from GP and our E-toll, I wonder if Zuma and Gupta got some money invested into E-toll? Maybe who knows

  • tbmarcussen - 2013-01-25 14:11

    no mater what we do , we will still come off second best. You can't win. thats why they Protest. then when that fails, which it probly will. violent action will take place by protesters . then the cops will join in, all guns ablaizing. then we will have anouther story to comment about.

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