Traffic diverted for e-tolls protest march

2013-11-01 10:13
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Johannesburg - Traffic will be diverted in Newtown on Friday during a protest march by members of the Economic Freedom Fighters against e-tolls, Johannesburg metro police said.

Spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said the protest would start from Mary Fitzgerald Square at 10:00.

"They will proceed up Bree Street, turn right into Simmonds Street up to the office of the premier where a memorandum will be handed over," he said.

"They will return to Mary Fitzgerald Square along Fox Street and Miriam Makeba Street. The march should be over by 13:00 and we are expecting about 2 000 marchers."

On Wednesday, the EFF in Gauteng said the implementation of e-tolling would rob Gauteng residents of their hard-earned money.

'Systematic and well planned robbery'

The EFF called on citizens, civil society and anyone opposed to e-tolling to reject the system, as it represented a "systematic and well planned robbery by the [President Jacob] Zuma-led African [National Congress] government".

A legal challenge to e-tolling by the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) was dismissed by the Supreme Court of Appeal on 9 October.

Outa announced on 18 October it did not have money to continue the legal fight against e-tolling. Outa's argument remained that the SA National Roads Agency Ltd and government did not conduct a proper public participation process.

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