Convoy hits highway to protest tolls

2012-03-27 21:38

Johannesburg - Cars towing caravans, motorbikes and other vehicles will protest in convoy against e-tolling on the highway between Johannesburg and Pretoria on Thursday, said the Freedom Front Plus.

"We want to force government to scrap the toll system completely. The government has to understand that the public's opposition against the system will not go away," FF Plus spokesperson Anton Alberts said on Tuesday.

The protest was being held under the banners of the FF Plus, the National Taxpayers' Union, the SA Caravan Association and various motorbike clubs.

"We believe that the general protest will also carry the seed for the systematic development of a general tax protest against exorbitant taxes and poor service delivery," said Alberts.

More protests were being planned until the end of April, when e-tolling was scheduled to start.

He said the protest convoy would leave for Johannesburg from the Shell Ultra City on the Ben Schoeman Highway at 07:00 on Thursday.

"There will be various collections at busy intersections where motorists will be asked to make a donation toward funding legal action in exchange for a protest sticker," he said.

Cabinet recently gave the nod for e-tolling on Gauteng freeways around Johannesburg and Pretoria.

With effect from April 30, motorcycles with e-tags will pay 20c/km  and those without, 38c. Light motor vehicles will pay 30c and 58c respectively, and non-articulated trucks 75c and R1.45.

Articulated trucks with e-tags will pay R1.51/km, and those without R2.90. The cost for motorcycles and light vehicles will be capped at R550 a month.

  • Marion - 2012-03-27 21:51

    Let anyone who can join this protest do so, irrespective of political affiliation. We all have one common goal and that is to say NO eTOLL !!!

      Isabel - 2012-03-27 22:48

      Totally with you, Marion. I think that the ANC thought that as soon as they dropped the price to 30c per kilometre everyone would just roll over and give up. Maybe this is a wake up call. If we succeed with opposing the tolls we can do it with the secrecy bill and the attacks on the Constitution. Hopefully it will make them think twice before bullying us again.

  • Scouter - 2012-03-27 22:10

    Gosh, the ANC government certainly has its grubby sticky hands full of late - what with country wide 'service protests' and now this. You would think they would get the message by now ........

      Isabel - 2012-03-27 22:49

      Pul-eeze! This lot are passing round a brain cell between them.

      Marion - 2012-03-28 13:57

      @Isabel - I didn't know someone was pregnant...

  • Firebird - 2012-03-27 22:26

    If you see a blue light brigade, promise me that you will not let them through. Let them suffer

      Hugh - 2012-03-28 10:27

      Why not join us?

  • Masemola Eddison - 2012-03-27 22:30

    no one's supposed 2 fear de government,we cnt let dem enslave our minds due to their own egos whereby a lot of people die nt know even wat lyf is,so down with dem

  • Morne - 2012-03-27 22:37

    I have been wondering for 12 years now when the people of this country will say 'effe' off! The (less than) 10% tax contributing hard working minority is tired of supporting the 90% voting majority. You want your votes, pay for them yourself.

      timmy.ditsele - 2012-03-28 07:54

      lESS THAN 10% TAX CONTRIBUTING HARD WORKING MINORITY,WHAT ABOUT HARD WORKING, TAX PAYING, LAW ABIDING CITIZENS OF SOUTH AFRICA.Thats one of the reasonwe are not going orward as a nation because some are pulling this way and the other that way.think about Bro.I also happen to be conrtibuting tax to the system and i am black but that doesnt mean i support what the ANC goverment is doing.Believe you me when i say i am not the only black guy.

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-03-28 08:42

      i have to agree with timmy, i also have black friends who pay tax...

      vlarismam - 2012-03-28 09:41

      Income tax yes but everyone pays VAT

      Hugh - 2012-03-28 10:34

      Morne didn't say anything about colour, he commented on the number of people paying tax for fsakes. 4mil tax payers out of 50Mil people, and 51% of the budget goes to grants.To people who do not contribute to the fiscus. Not even as VAT as most of their purchases are exempt! Also, did you know that SARS has only around 150 000 people registered that earn more then R500K/y ?? It stinks rotten.

  • Kim - 2012-03-27 22:53

    Dear Showerhead and co. We are NOT paying your Toll roads. Get it. We are not funding your Pension Funds.

      Grootrot - 2012-03-27 23:00

      If at the end we end up paying for these roads, can you please have the decency to see to it that the construction is complete and that the roads are properly policed - ie no unroadworthy vehicles, no yellow lane driving, no lane changing on a solid line... Please you will need to up your game. Oja - all the too slow vehicles and unlicensed buses from Zim - off those roads as well.

      Johnathon - 2012-03-28 08:47

      Timmy Ditsele, not a hard dig at you, as the rest of your comment was good. Just a small point, you mention you pay tax, and am a black man. Comments here said 10% of the population payed taxes, and supported 90% of the voting public. Not one mention of color or race. Stop jumping to conclusions that this is a race issue. Thanks brother.

  • Pieter Erasmus - 2012-03-27 23:03

    the only way we as the public can succeed is by standing together on these, no government could stop the masses

  • eugene.joshua - 2012-03-27 23:07

    Amandla! Power to the people! Down with e-tolls! Down! All opposition parties, civil rights association, societies and the public must join together to oppose this evil system!

  • SaintBruce - 2012-03-27 23:18

    Some folks need to understand that there is some simple maths needed here. Once you convert the average motor car's fuel consumption to a figure of, say 10 km per litre and an average price of say R 10 per litre then work out the effect of an extra 30 c per km x 10 (km you travel per litre of fuel) and what is the result? That would be 30c x 10 or R 3.00 per litre on the price you pay now! Your cost per km of travel on an eToll road rises by a third [30 percent], so if my maths is right, a motorist could end up adding 30% to their daily travel costs! That is , of course, IF you buy an eTag. It's much higher if you don't. Now the R 550 fix for eTagged motorists is supposed to be god news. What if that is your grocery money? The trucks bringing in your groceries are not so lucky. They have no ceiling. So, if not eTagged, they pay R 2.90 per kilometer and maybe they can average 10 km per litre (hardly though) so their net cost per km rises significantly. Go to the Road Freight Association website and read some of their submissions to SANRAL and the Government - you will be shocked. No eToll Don't buy one Don't use the eToll roads Don't block those roads Starve SANRAL of an income!Vote with your wallet (keep it closed).

      don.odendaal - 2012-03-28 07:27

      On an Articulated truck carrying a full load look closer to 1 to 2 km per lt

      Carry - 2012-03-28 07:46


      SaintBruce - 2012-03-28 08:40

      @ Carry - that is the whole point of the protest - to earn your bread on the table you require to be provided with roads that enable your economic activities to be unimpeded. You are not alone but those like you have to start shouting now and very loudly. No alternative routes exist in a practical manner that will not impede your ability to earn a living. This needs to be your cry in the face of the bully masters [SANRAL / ANC Govt.] Don't go quiet. This is an issue to be loud and proud about. No to eTolls. Now someone will probably say there are back routes via Benoni and Bapsfontein that will get you to Centurion. You will double your distance and add another hour to your journey either way. This will severely impact your quality of life and your boss will not compensate you but rather take a stern line if you are late for work. Is that enough angst worth fighting for? Carry - you are not alone. Any others out there?

      Dewald - 2012-03-28 08:43

      The problem with this approach is that the alternative routes will be very slow and difficult to travel. One by one people will give up this idea and starting using the toll roads (which will be very open at first). Then Sanral has won.

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-03-28 08:45

      leave early morning go through germiston edenvale take moddefontein allandale old pretoria i dont know the rest...hope it helps!

      K0BUSL - 2012-03-28 09:03

      Hi Carry, From Alberton to Centurion sorry using backway as main secondary routs through Kyalami/Midrand are a nightmare. Leave Alberton via Alberton North to Germiston Go through Primrose down Fishers hill Cross into Edenvale and proceed to Isando/Spartan Go through Kelvin past Birchleigh Join the M57 and pass Thembisa on the east Continue straight until you reach Centurion. Estimated time Current: 1 to 1.5 hour dependant on time and flow Hope this helps.....

  • Luviwe - 2012-03-27 23:27

    Wish you the best of luck, make it national. Target all the Metros because it is a national project, they are testing the South African public about Gauteng. Cars will really make an impact and people won't be at work.

  • gillian.sabino1 - 2012-03-27 23:29

    Down etoll Down!

  • Allen - 2012-03-27 23:45

    If this eTag ripoff goes ahead in Gauteng, just watch the rest of the ANC led provinces jump on the bandwagon. Every road will soon be tolled. Leon Schuster's skit on tolling a dirt road will actually not be too far off the truth. Making us pay for driving on roads that we taxpayers have already paid for is an abomination. By the way - the Chineese who "own" these toll roads can get stuffed. They have taken over our country, and are now going to milk us for every cent!Wake up ANC and get rid of these cockroaches before it's too late!! Those christmas tree toll gates should be blown up!

      Marina - 2012-03-28 07:15

      @Allen. I stand under correction, but for a change the Chinese don't have their finger in this pie. From what I heard, a big chunk of the proceeds of the eToll is going to a company in Austria who is owned by???????. We have yet to know the names of the shareholders. It wouldn't surprise me if we see some prominent local names on the board.

      Dewald - 2012-03-28 08:43

      Kapsch, Austria.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-03-28 01:38

    Sorry to rain on your protest. Since when has anyone forced this govt to do anything? OK I remember a taxi blockade against a fuel hike about 15 yrs ago. Since then, every day people are protesting, blockading, burning stuff & zip, nada, niks changes. They've already said the tolls are going ahead, regardless. And if you want a rear-view mirror at this story, similar protests were held in US in 2007/2008 over the same issue. In fact it is the same players that are involved here as in the US. Surprise! Tolls went ahead in the US and are still with them 5yrs later. The only success the US protestors had was in changing the rules on administration. So be smart protestors, start lobbying for your legal and constitutional rights in court on the administration and distribution of funds. If they're going to tax you for the road then you have a legal and constitutional right to know where that money is going and who it is administered by. We already know the tolls will pay for the road in the 1st YEAR of operation. So best the subsequent years' bucks not only stay in ZA, they are used to serve ZA road-user's interests. That is the issue you need to take through all the courts PDQ.

      Luviwe - 2012-03-28 01:51

      Lacrimose in US fine it stuck, one other way is not to buy these tags as it will be a nightmare going through all those photos and number plates for the whole month and another problem they will have to sort out is the duplication of number plates and a lot of people will be quering those accounts. During that time there will be no money coming to sanral, you hit where it hurt most.

      Lacrimose - 2012-03-28 02:03

      @Luviwe - you'll be surprised to read of the same burnings, blockades and every form of protest in US in 2006-2008 but mainly 2007. They also tried many tricks to de-rail. But the e-Toll cos that went in there had already lived thru same in Europe in 200-2003. These guys are WELL prepared, in fact protests are budgeted for. So protestors are paying for their own protests. Where the US protests won out over the European protests was on Constitutional Law. They still got the e-tolls and e-tags, they still pay but they at least got to say where the never-ending credits got spent. As a result of those laws, no further e-tolls (to my knowledge, stand to be corrected) were rolled out in the US after 2009. Suddenly when the bucks can't leave the Province/Country and the administrators has to be 85% local representatives, its no fun any more.

      jerry.pres - 2012-03-28 04:32

      There is quite differences between SA and rest of the world in toll fees. SA scheme is rip off and as we know from news big scam as well. Bigger part of the money goes to Austrian company. COUNTRIES WITH VIGNETTE: (When you buy a vignette you can drive unlimited number of kilometres until vignette expire.)That is European countries, where public transport is pleasure not pain in back. Our public transport doesn't exist and not any other options has been given to citizens.Now we have to pay for goverment lack of planning and incompentence. No problem to pay fees, but give us public transport which we can use, which is reliable and safe. Charge extra R 300 per year on licence fees for the tolls and I am sure no one will complain. AUSTRIA 1 year - 72,60 € 2 months - 21,80 € 10 days - 7,60 € CZECH REPUBLIC 1 year - 29,54 € 2 months - 11,50 € 15 days - 6,56 € HUNGARY 1 year - 138,85 € 1 month - 15,47 € 10 days - 9,12 € 4 days - 5,00 € BULGARIA 1 year - 42,00 € 1 month - 21,00 € 7 days - 5,00 € SLOVAKIA 1 year - 28,60 € 1 month - 7,80 € 7 days - 3,89 € SWITZERLAND 1 year - 25,88 € SLOVENIA 1 year - 95,00 € 1 months - 30,00 € 7 days - 15,00 €

      jerry.pres - 2012-03-28 04:39

      COUNTRIES WITH FREE HIGHWAYS: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Germany (only for cars), Sweden, Netherlands.

      Marina - 2012-03-28 07:18

      @Lacrimose You're right, but we shouldn't let that deter us. "If at first you don't succeed, try and try again." Maybe, just maybe we'll get this one right.

      don.odendaal - 2012-03-28 07:31

      In France they got it right the tolling was stopped and nowhere else in the world are the roads tolled within a city limits ( I stand to be corrected)

  • CoronaSherona - 2012-03-28 05:56

    I hope that for once the country can at least agree on something, SAY NO TO E-TOLLS AND DON'T BE MOVED. Time to stand and speak up South Africa. If you don't do it now, you'll never recover.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-28 06:48

    This is good.

  • Bibi - 2012-03-28 07:26

    Go for it! How can they tax the citizens who contribute to the economy everyday by transporting good and going to work? It is scandalous and downright criminal.

  • Carry - 2012-03-28 07:45


      Barker - 2012-03-28 12:28

      June 28 is caps lock day, not March 28.

      Dave - 2012-03-28 13:32

      Maybe true Barker, but this message does need to be shouted and the highest possible levels...for once caps lock is required...

  • Riaan - 2012-03-28 08:16

    Can any one tell me,how the hell they going to enforce a toll fee,on a superbike traveling at 200kmh+ with no plates and a licence disk under the seat !!! hahahaha i wonder where they gona send that bill to

      Barker - 2012-03-28 12:31

      Then get pulled of at a roadblock and earn your day in court for not having a numberplate. When the demerit system goes live, 6 points and R1500-00. Get caught twice and all of a sardine your licence is suspended for 3 months. Nice one, for 3 months you don't pay e-toll. hehehehe.

  • Dries Cronje - 2012-03-28 08:28

    can any1 tell me how the fee is 0.30 per km but the toll fees are set? so if you get off the highway directly after a toll gate you are being over charged?

      Hugh - 2012-03-28 10:44

      yes, but try explain that to the Austrians.

      Barker - 2012-03-28 12:32

      If you travel the whole Getagun freeway in one day, the cost is averaged down to 30c/km.

  • elizabeth.vandyk - 2012-03-28 08:38

    For once, lets all stand together and join the convoys happening now from Johannesburg Ultra City, Ben Schoeman protesting the e-toll system.

  • Alan - 2012-03-28 08:43

    I will deffinletly attend one of the rallies nearer the end of APRIL with my trailer full of compost !! Just give us some more dates please ! Viva the boycotters of the etolling Viva

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-03-28 09:00

    F#ck e-tolling and all those associated with this highway robbery!!

  • Johnathon - 2012-03-28 09:05

    Kill the whole toll issue. Never sign an irrevocable debt order with SANRAL by buying an e-tag. Absolute loony to give SANRAL carte blanche to free access to your credit card or personal bank account. Whole e-toll story is totally illegal anyway, as it is 100% against the national credit act. A person’s full financial situation has to be assessed before he takes on any credit, to see if he can actually afford the actual debt. SANRAL illegally wants to force motorists to suddenly contribute R550 from salary if they have e-tag, and uncapped toll fees if they do not. Totally illegal folks to buy an e-tag. so do not even consider this option. SANRAL is obviously very desperate to get motorists to get e-tolls, as this is their only definitely assured source of income. Finally, all roads to be tolled were built by the previous Government about 35 yrs ago. After adding an extra lane, SANRAL now has the audacity to ban motorists who are not registered with them, to ever use these essential ring road system. Who the bloody hell does SANRAL and the Government think they are. Public, fight this toll road monster with every breath you have. the already over taxed population must finally stand up to their rights, same way as COSATU does for its members.

  • Hugh - 2012-03-28 10:26

    I'm in. Sorry to the guys traveling from JHB to Pta, its not personal but going to stuff up your morning.

  • shaun.pfister1 - 2012-03-28 12:27


  • Isabel - 2012-03-28 13:38

    You won't have to use the back roadsfor very long, just the few months it takes for these idiots to GET IT!!! South Africans are good at talking the talk but not walking the walk. This time suck up the pain for a while. It will be worth it in the end if we all stick together and starve them of an income.

      Marion - 2012-03-28 14:15

      Agree Isabel. Using the back roads can be irritating and a bit time consuming but for purposes of making SANRAL feel the pain it will be worth every second of inconvenience. Just a few months at most guys. Stand together. Absolutely no need to break the law. All you need to do is find alternative routes, accept the longer travelling time as necessary for a while, and your licence stays safe as you make your point.

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