Toll delay not a suggestion: Cosatu

2012-05-31 14:37

Johannesburg - An agreement between the ANC and Cosatu on delaying Gauteng's e-tolls was not a mere suggestion, the union federation said on Thursday.

"It's quite annoying... to be told it's a mere recommendation," Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi told reporters in Johannesburg.

Earlier, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe told a media briefing that a decision taken in a bilateral meeting between the ANC and Cosatu to delay the Gauteng e-tolls by a month was a suggestion.

Vavi said this was not how Cosatu understood it.

"We were meeting the ruling party, not an NGO."

The ANC, chosen by a majority, was the most important player in South Africa, not government, he said.

Vavi said the government would fail in its application to the Constitutional Court to set aside a High Court ruling on the e-tolls.

"Government is wasting time in courts at huge expense to taxpayers."

On April 28, the North Gauteng High Court handed down an order preventing the SA National Roads Agency Ltd (Sanral) from levying or collecting e-tolls pending the outcome of a judicial review.

Last week, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan approached the Constitutional Court in a bid to set aside the court order halting e-tolling.

In April, while the High Court was hearing the e-toll arguments, the ANC and Cosatu held the meeting at which it was decided to postpone the implementation of the tolls.

"The leadership has collectively agreed to postpone the implementation of the e-toll collection system by a month," the ANC said in a statement on April 26.

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-05-31 14:54

    As far as I am aware, only the ANC in government is pushing for e-tolls. So do not dare suggest that it is government that is at fault here Vavi. It is your siamese triplet that is pulling the strings here.

  • Melusi - 2012-05-31 14:55

    Whose fooling who?

  • samantha.5243 - 2012-05-31 15:00

    i thought PG said there were many ways to pay for the toll debt, why then still go ahead with the toll fees?

  • collinml - 2012-05-31 15:07

    The government screwed up big time by borrowing from the government pension fund to finance e-tolling.So now they have to re-coup that money or else that pension fund could crash and they want to "spear" joe public into paying for another of their mistakes

  • Mhlonso - 2012-05-31 15:08

    Celebrating 100 years of corruption and raping the public. Remember your votes South Africans. Vote them out.

      Harald - 2012-05-31 15:15

      We wish... and live in hope! from your lips to Gods ear!! :)

  • Deon - 2012-05-31 15:12

    It was a suggestion that was accepted by ANC. He forgot to take his memmory pills? Trying to change history again.

  • Sonja - 2012-05-31 15:13

    WHERE IS MY COMMENT!!!!! News24. ????

      Sonja - 2012-05-31 15:26

      should i say...ANC News 24

  • Warwick - 2012-05-31 15:16

    E-toll, kiss my etollie. sanral, eat my shorts. anc, get with the program and start to govern. Stop with the threats, we are no longer amused you clowns.

  • Jean - 2012-05-31 15:17

    Even though I support cosatu on this, it is very disturbing that the anc only listens to those who can provide them with a large number of votes.

  • Derek Gerber - 2012-05-31 15:20

    From the horse's mouth! "The ANC, chosen by a majority, was the most important player in South Africa, not government, he said." Now we all know!

  • Adriaan - 2012-05-31 15:23

    I really dislike Pravin Gordhan, maybe he should go back to running a Pharmacy cause he sure as *&^% can't run the countries finances. What a douche, put R100 in the douche jar you douche.

  • Babytrish4life - 2012-05-31 15:31

    Still wondering why Zuma is so mum about this saga yet he was very vocal about the Spear....ANC get your priorities right asomblif!!!!

  • Felix - 2012-05-31 15:33

    Vavi, get your squad to go brick LootFreely house.

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-05-31 15:33

    White Privilege, the so called white supremacy went out in 1994, most people accept this country is now under the control of a Black majority government who have continually made promises of upliftment for the poor people of this country and while this is happening at a slow pace, more could have been achieved had it been done in a more eqitable manner. Whereas they have chosen many unskilled persons to perform transformation but unfortunately most seem to only wish to enrich themselves. The Blacks are a very patient nation and I believe the majority are not racist but are led to believe the whites of this country are just enriching themselves, this is being done by a few hotheads who think only of entitlement, the whites owe them. Sure the white population had a better education at the time, but that was nearly 18 years ago. All that has happened the government has reduced standards to third world in order they may continue their own agenda.

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-05-31 15:34

    Hang on, Vavi says that the government must stay out of the problem as he has personally resolved it with the ANC (the all-important ruling party). He resolved to postoone tolling by a month. It has now been a month! Is he suggesting that tolling should now begin???

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-31 23:28

      They have not resolved anything. If we count the number of gantries that have been erected, and divide that I to the billions spent, how much is each gantry? Anyone have any idea?

  • Roy - 2012-05-31 15:40

    If the THIEVES in the ANC stopped STEALING and MISAPPROPRIATING taxpayers money and other funds...they would be able to pay for the tolls in just over a year. DON'T LET THESE THIEVING BASTARDS GET AWAY WITH IT.

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