Tolls: Cosatu plans 'mother of all protests'

2012-04-17 22:26

Johannesburg - Union federation Cosatu will encourage its two million members to take part in a national protest against the e-tolling system, it said on Tuesday.

"The Congress of SA Trade Unions is mobilising its two million members for the mother of all protests against the act of highway robbery set to be committed from 30 April 2012 - the Gauteng e-tolls," spokesperson Patrick Craven said in a statement.

"We are confident that we will be joined by many thousands more angry residents and motorists who support our demand for the scrapping of these tolls."

Cosatu is planning several rallies, marches, demonstrations and night vigils at the offices of the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and the transport department across the country from April 23.

These would lead up to a large "national stay-away or socio-economic strike" on April 30.

Craven said opposition to the tolls was "overwhelming", especially to the new punitive rate which will be applied to motorists who do not get windscreen-mounted e-tags.

"These threats will have the exact opposite effect. They will infuriate people and make them even more determined to follow Cosatu's advice not to register and not to buy an e-tag," he said.

"In the end, however, it is the pressure of the masses which will force government to back down. People power has brought down governments in North Africa; it can surely stop this assault on our living standards."

On March 7 thousands of people participated in Cosatu's nationwide march against the tolls.

Sanral gazetted the new tariffs on Friday.

Alternate users (people without e-tags) will be charged R1.75/km, compared to the standard tariff of 30c/km for registered users.

It said the higher fee was because of the need to recover costs, including invoicing and debt collection.

Court bid

On Tuesday, several organisations and political parties raised concerns about the tariffs and asked Sanral to postpone the launch.

The SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry said it was "concerned by the uncertainty" surrounding the fee system and the exemptions for public transport.

"This makes a clear case for delaying implementation until there is clarity on the toll fees and exemptions for certain road users," it said.

Business Unity SA (Busa) called for a delay in implementation until the public's concerns had been fully addressed.

"Unless these serious practical problems can be timeously resolved, Busa sincerely believes that the magnitude of challenges facing the e-toll system in Gauteng justify delaying its implementation... to a later date."

Afrikaner lobby group AfriForum instructed its lawyers on Tuesday to urgently prepare court papers in an attempt to stop the launch.

"The public is asked to wait for the outcome of the proposed legal action of AfriForum and other groups, before deciding whether to register for e-toll at all," said AfriForum chief executive Kallie Kriel said.

The National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said the tariffs would severely impact its ability to rescue animals.

"We do not receive any funds whatsoever from national or local government and exemption from Sanral was denied... [we are] now in a position whereby we shall have no option but to use public funds to pay for our vehicles to be allowed onto freeways as we go to assist animals," it said.

On Monday, National Consumer Commissioner Mamodupi Mohlala said she would look into a complaint by the Democratic Alliance about the punitive rate.

  • Adil Smit - 2012-04-17 22:29


      Reshan - 2012-04-17 23:13

      Not a member but time to stand up! I'm there!

      grant.hide - 2012-04-18 00:06

      Not only that, what about the food price inflation not matching the petrol price inflation? The last 10 years, a king steer burger meal should cost 25 rand if it matched petrol inflation. I thought world oil supplies was running out, not food. When is salary inflation gonna take place? Population control measures? Where is the human race headed?

      thitos - 2012-04-18 01:19

      I'm glad that while the DA and other groups are pleading for leniency, Cosatu is going the whole nine yards. Scrap the whole thing.

      Sean - 2012-04-18 01:50

      This will be the most ``colourful`` strike in South African history :)

      Fussed - 2012-04-18 05:05

      We dont have to wait for the outcome, WE HAVE DECIDED

      Luviwe - 2012-04-18 06:12

      This need the entire country whether in Gauteng or anywhere. Time to stand up as a nation.

      Fredster - 2012-04-18 06:39

      Kom ons doen die Vakbond Vastrap!!!

      bluzulu - 2012-04-18 07:37

      Cosatu speaks for the people, Well done. I'll be out there in arms with the brothers and hopefully some sisters as well.

      Azmeena - 2012-04-18 07:39

      E tolls, food, pertrol, electricity, water. What next? The air that we breathe?

      Nigel - 2012-04-18 07:40

      Go Cosatu!

      Fussed - 2012-04-18 07:53

      We dont have to wait for the outcome, WE DEMAND

      Alan - 2012-04-18 07:58


      NrGx - 2012-04-18 08:28

      Come gather 'round children, It's high time ye learned, where heros came to gather And a devil named zooma. We'll march till we drop, The girls and the fellas, We'll fight till the death Or else fold like umbrellas. So we'll march day and night, By the big e-toll tower, They have the plans, But we have the power. Union folk song - the simpsons (with a few words changed)

      StoneAgePeasant - 2012-04-18 08:57

      I thought that it was illegal to harass motorists at traffic lights, so why does scamral think that they have the right to endanger the lives of their employees and shove their leaflets under our noses? Apart from everything else the leaflets aren't even 2-ply!!!

      skootzie - 2012-04-18 09:10

      Azmeena : An American State is Taxing people (or wanted to) for the amount of rain water they collected. :P I wouldn't be surprised if some government one day attempts to tax people for oxygen.

      Rvn - 2012-04-18 09:48

      Something strange..on the high ways... who u gonna call? Cosatu!! dun dun dun dun dun.....i aint afraid of no tolls!!

      Frikkie - 2012-04-18 11:54

      This is absolutely UNTHINKABLE.......!!! IFP: COVER-UP ON E-TOLLING PROJECT REMINISCENT OF PRE-1994 TACTICS The IFP said today that it was shocked to learn the real reasons behind government's push to ensure the controversial Gauteng e-tolling project succeeds It is reported today, that the Public Investment Corporation - an investment manager for state institutions - has bought R17 bi...llion in SANRAL bonds. 89% of this investment is made-up of the Government Employees Pension Funds. "Finally it is clear why government wants to save this project at all cost, despite it being unfeasible and despite it receiving so much public resistance. These types of cover-ups were prevalent during the apartheid regime, but never could one have imagined such a huge cover-up in our post-democratic dispensation," said Narend Singh MP, the IFP's spokesperson on Finance and on the e-tolling project. It is now clear that there are huge economic issues at stake. If the tolling project fails, Government will not only have to bail-out SANRAL, but it will also have to bail-out the civil servants' pension funds as well.

      Frikkie - 2012-04-18 11:55

      "It is clear that Government finds itself between a rock and a very hard place," said Singh. He added, "This matrix that we find ourselves in now is totally untenable, especially since the pensions of ordinary citizens are at stake. Government has misled the public. We believe that this might possibly be one of the biggest post-democratic era scandals to date. I will raise this matter at the next possible opportunity at Parliament, as the taxpayer deserves answers on this matter," concluded Singh. Statement issued by Mr Narend Singh MP, Inkatha Freedom Party, March 11 2012

      rbphiri - 2012-04-18 12:15

      I'm assuming the thumbs down are easily persuaded motorists who bought the E-tags or perhaps idiot members of SANRAL angered by our utter disregard of their e-tolling financial molestation system.

      Amanda - 2012-04-18 12:19

      Now is one of the times for all of us to stand together. Support the march,this whole debacle is daylight robbery!

      Cindy - 2012-04-18 17:37

      And when we done with e tolling we start on electricity and water and keep fighting till we can afford to look after our families

      Truth24 - 2012-04-19 09:24

      I cannot help but wonder if the only way to kill off the ANC for good, is to allow the e-toll to continue. Are we brave enough to allow for the entire infrastructure to cave in on itself? It will hurt us yes. But it will hurt them more. In fact, it will destroy them.

      Christo - 2012-04-20 06:09

      35000 kids have seen Kony's face up close. Unfortunately the injustices they experienced didn't stop there. #CompassionCoup

  • Assegai - 2012-04-17 22:43

    We should stand up for our rights now!!!!! I hope everybody is on board on this issue???????

      jason.joao - 2012-04-17 22:58


      rbphiri - 2012-04-18 12:18

      Good how i wish someone could bomb the toll gates. Hey Alqaeda SANRAL say u guys suck.

      George - 2012-04-18 16:33

      Don't worry, be happy. NO E-TOLL, NO CRY NO SCAMRAL, NO CRY, NO JUJU, NO CRY, Don't worry, be happy NO REGISTER, FIRST DIE NO, SCAMRAL, NO CRY Don't worry, be happy

      llmapuma - 2012-04-18 16:42


      Chas - 2012-04-19 18:40

      @Alicia, at present it is Gauteng, but they plan to impliment it countrywide

  • jake.moloi - 2012-04-17 22:43

    I cannot wait...

      spartanx93 - 2012-04-18 07:00

      The troll has returned....

  • Lenzi - 2012-04-17 22:46

    I will join

      rbphiri - 2012-04-18 12:19

      SANRAL can kiss my car's rear end

  • Kevin - 2012-04-17 22:46

    Count me in.

      rbphiri - 2012-04-18 12:20

      and come 2014, let's count the scum out.

      Enhle - 2012-04-18 14:22

      100% participation required, the trucks will be charged even more this will affect the whole country....Food, petrol, everything will go up..this system seriously needs to be scrapped,..Government if you need to recover your pension, please start repossessing within your cabinets first, I am sure you will gets millions out

      George - 2012-04-18 16:34

      And count THEM OUT. 2014 is too late

  • vmeiring1 - 2012-04-17 22:50

    They've got our support, and everyone else I know including all their employees. We should now all stand together and show these ANC suckers, we don't support communism. The people got the say not autocrats.

      Steven Ngobeni - 2012-04-18 02:20

      Amaaaaaaandla! People must go out and show their anger! This is total madness.

  • Sharon - 2012-04-17 22:50

    Pretty please, with cherries on top - Cosatu, please invite the FF Plus to join in. They have been itching to protest, but unsure how to go about it! It is high time that the people stand together and fight as one against this abomination. I would be thrilled to see SA well represented come the 23rd.

      jason.joao - 2012-04-17 23:00

      Agreed! I truly hope they extend an open invite not only to individuals but to organisations and parties too, so we as a country can stand united against this.

      Godfrey - 2012-04-17 23:07

      As well as the DA - put petty politics aside and fight e-tolls

      daniel.w.gie - 2012-04-17 23:13

      fully agree , we have to support each other in this instance

      Thabang - 2012-04-18 09:22

      They would invite the other parties if they gave a damn about the cause, but this is about showing muscle before Mangaung. The previous strike was no more than a political platform, that cost the economy billions.

  • GrandMasterFlasch - 2012-04-17 22:50

    Count me in

      Lorain - 2012-04-18 07:18

      You know in Nigeria everybody thre stood together against the government not so long ago when they decided to scrap the oil subsidies and guess what? the people won. It can be done.

  • Brad.Kopping - 2012-04-17 22:53

    I'm gonna join in this strike... 110% all the way >:)

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-04-18 09:13

      The "Tweeter" community should get Tweeting and really get this strike off the ground. (I do not Tweet)

  • Mahomed Ismail - 2012-04-17 22:56

    There maybe some merit in the madness of JuJu calling Zuma a dictator. He is the President of this country and is allowing a dictatorial method in implementing this idea of 'scamral'. Whose interests do Nazeer Alli and this government have at heart? All that is going to happen is that the corruption kitty is going to be increased. Let this government ministers take a huge salary decrease in order to pay for their actions of building these gantries. That is the right thing to do.

      Wisemad Mcmawle - 2012-04-18 01:13

      And Zuma must sell his R64M home and give sanral never mind his birth day cake is eaton . No wonder why he's behind Juju he's a big capitalist and Juju notice that.

      Sheik - 2012-04-18 18:33

      Agree Mahomed, Zuma came into Government living off handouts from "friends", and today..........................................

  • esme.jansen - 2012-04-17 23:01

    I want to join but white men cant strike. Is there a beginners guide somewhere?

      FeebleGastro - 2012-04-17 23:33

      Don't know if it will come as a surprise to you, but you're not part of "white men", you are part of "white women". White women know perfectly well how to strike, when they don't want to do the dishes.

      Sean - 2012-04-18 01:56

      lol !!!!

      betsy.compaan - 2012-04-18 08:06

      Maybe some unemployed could give classes for extra cash? There are a lot of people who are interested

      Michael - 2012-04-18 09:09

      You got it wrong - white men can't dance! Strike we can - I WILL join in!

      Martin - 2012-04-18 09:14

      I DISAGREE... look at greece

      vutisani.masangu - 2012-04-18 09:27

      dont worry all colours allow this is Mzansi a Rainbow nation come join us Esme

      Connie - 2012-04-18 13:27

      Not difficult to do ... I learnt very quickly from some very friendly strikers on the 7th March at the last COSATU march ... and I'm white :)

      llmapuma - 2012-04-18 16:45

      HAHAHAHA dude.. I have never been part of a strike. but this one I cannot miss... we need as many able bodies as we can get.

      Sheik - 2012-04-18 18:29

      There's always a first time for a white man to strike, no guidance required I was told, but find it difficult to dance when I'm unhappy. Watching strikers is like watching a dog growling and wagging it's tail, you just don't know which side to believe. I also think this Government is looking at the wrong end of this dog.

      Chas - 2012-04-19 18:46

      @ Esme,Just talk to any englishman(or maggie Thatcher) that was in UK in 1970's they will give you lessons

  • SA - 2012-04-17 23:05

    excellent - we are all behind you - SA says no to the e toll system

  • Irene - 2012-04-17 23:06

    I'm in.

      Dave - 2012-04-18 08:13

      And the 1st is a holiday, most people I know are taking the Monday excuses people!

      siyadyosiba - 2012-04-18 10:06

      @Irene, are you really in or jsut bluffing? Last time I checked you couldnt even stand COSATU and ANC let alone the sight of their names.

  • Tony - 2012-04-17 23:09

    Anyone who has bought an e-tag, for whatever reason, which is to be charged to a credit card should reject these charges if Sanral do not supply proper support documentation at the same time as making the charges

      Alan - 2012-04-18 08:06

      Anyone who bought an e-tag is an idiot!

      Sheik - 2012-04-18 18:40

      Just as good as giving your Credit Card and CCV number to a Scummer. Open Cheque book for Sanral.

  • thabelo.maraka - 2012-04-17 23:29

    This is one march I'm joining

  • zipho500 - 2012-04-18 00:02

    Good news at last! cosatu was starting to be worryingly silent.My hope is renewed! Am in!!!!

  • Damon - 2012-04-18 00:42

    Cosatu,DA,Afriforum, all major and minor, med and small businesses in and around Gauteng, all affected public individuals should all stand together cohesively as one voice in this will affect all of us in more ways than we can imagine...and we just can`t AFFORD to let this happen no matter what the tarrif!!!! We just CAN NOT AFFORD IT!!!millions will be affected by higher unemployment, closed businesses, higher costs of living, higher cost on every transported product and service based service in Gauteng...and how long before they do this in all major and minor cities throught out SA? Even if you live where you are not directly should fight for whats right!!!

      Luviwe - 2012-04-18 06:26


  • Logan Porter - 2012-04-18 01:23

    If they go ahead with the tolling I think we should all cover up our number plates and use the highway. Are they going to stop and fine everyone, yea right in peak hour traffic! Who agrees?

      heini.falk - 2012-04-18 08:31

      I would love to do it but with our brainless traffic police its called "Defeating the ends of justice" when you cover up your number plate. They literally have a answer for everything because they have been in the BS game for 18 years

  • clifford.may2 - 2012-04-18 01:23

    Ja ne! Now we can all see that The End of the world is near. One of these days we'll be using a R100 note to buy a single loaf of bread, thanx 2 SCAMRAL

  • clifford.may2 - 2012-04-18 01:23

    Ja ne! Now we can all see that The End of the world is near. One of these days we'll be using a R100 note to buy a single loaf of bread, thanx 2 SCAMRAL

  • David Guest - 2012-04-18 01:37

    It's just plain highway robbery! to all those who have signed up for an ETAG bloody idiots!! More the merrier for the strike..let these scamral f@ckers take notice!! laughed at your comment Dee

  • Jabulani - 2012-04-18 02:29

    We have seen dictatorship under someones' leadership. They say in democracy, citizens have a say. A dictator will say, 'do as I say'.

  • fuzile.matoto - 2012-04-18 03:17

    Cosatu I'm with you through and through on this.

  • Polite - 2012-04-18 03:39

    I realy can't get it what hav we done 2 ANC 2 deserve dis.

      Matthew Patrick - 2012-04-18 06:20

      You voted for them, that's what

      Lorain - 2012-04-18 11:38

      @ Matthew and you know this how? jsut by looking at him? racial profiling is very dangerous,dont do it.

      Connie - 2012-04-18 15:17

      they are showing you what they are made of!

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-04-18 04:23

    DICKTATORSHIP....Malema is absolutely correct !! The ANC is heading for a fall !! They don't listen to the people who put them in office !!

      adam - 2012-04-18 06:14

      The bigger you are, the harder you fall. I think the anc may trip over samral.

      Luviwe - 2012-04-18 06:30

      Gerald I'm sure you don't want to be in trouble. According to a lot of people that is an insult.

      Alan - 2012-04-18 13:01

      @ Luviwe Get the ANC to suspend Gerald Jordaan from the party.

  • webster.malatji - 2012-04-18 04:51

    I can't believe there were people who were dumb enough to register....I refuse to believe this. Anyways which political parties do you think would be appropriate enough to replace the ANC?

      flaktant - 2012-04-18 06:13

      apartw which helps @creats a better Za ,representing everyone nt just a group.

      flaktant - 2012-04-18 06:15

      apartw which helps @creats a better Za ,representing everyone nt just a group with to hide,

      pws69 - 2012-04-18 07:06

      DA - PROVEN

      Marion - 2012-04-18 15:56

      @Webster - If you haven't figured out an answer to that question by the next election I suggest you should abstain from voting.

  • Dave - 2012-04-18 05:17

    Well done

  • Annelie - 2012-04-18 05:20

    Eve though I use that road only once or twice a month, I'm in, because this affect all the people of this country, and we need to start standing together and standing up for one another, regardless of colour, gender or race!!! There are too many people in this country suffering for no reason!!!

      George - 2012-04-18 16:40

      Listen there are sick retards that get off on other people's pain. That's who is largely running the show hence the need for unity on the part of all decent South Africans. This is in many ways more significant than the referendum of 1994. Co's why; now we ALL get to vote.

      Jenny - 2012-04-18 18:51

      I seldom have the use the toll roads since I hardly go out anymore because of high petrol costs. I refuse to be robbed by paying for using roads that we've already paid for. We the people, cannot afford this govt. We are not cash cows. I can't afford to heat our house in winter with the electricity hikes. Water is the next disaster. Why don't they slash their governmental salaries and stop throwing parties and buying expensive cars? Seriously worried about my old age.

  • Leon - 2012-04-18 05:37

    The 'stayaway' on 30 April will be the most effective ever! Everyone I know is taking that Monday off to make a nice long weekend! Clever move Cosatu!

      llmapuma - 2012-04-18 16:48

      im one of those who has taken the monday off. lets make SCUMRAL cry

  • Victor - 2012-04-18 05:49

    I will be there at the demonstrations

  • Jayson - 2012-04-18 05:50

    I back Cosatu for the first time. Well done. This is for the people, not just a union.

      Jenny - 2012-04-18 18:53

      Right on. I'm there.

  • Matthew Patrick - 2012-04-18 06:02

    Not all laws are meant to be followed! Just because the government says get an e-tag doesn't mean you should obey without any further thought on the matter. Any law that negatively impacts the majority of the populous should not followed. If the majority of Gautengers choose not to pay then the government would have no choice but to scrap e-tolling. Mass civil disobedience is enshrined in our constitution and is not illegal if the majority of affected parties disobey that law!

      Chas - 2012-04-19 18:54

      WTG,sounds good to me

  • brionyl.french - 2012-04-18 06:03

    I will take the day off to join in, and im not a member,

  • Mashilo - 2012-04-18 06:11

    Zapiro, please add an e-toll next to the shower.

      Alan - 2012-04-18 08:04

      haha - it never rains, it showers

      Alan - 2012-04-18 08:05

      I swear - in this Country, Zapiro has the best job ever!! He is never at a loss for material!

      siyadyosiba - 2012-04-18 10:08

      @Mashilo, Classic one hahahahahah. in that march we have to sing "shawara wa de sokoditsa" having our hands on top of our heads. @Alan, Zapiro is brilliant.

  • Josias - 2012-04-18 06:19

    I support the protest. This e-tolling system is pure daylight robbery.

  • Bennie - 2012-04-18 06:20

    One day to BLOCK ALL THE ROADS (FREEWAYS) IN AND AROUND JOHANNESBURG, thats what must happen. yhat will be the largest chaos ever created in this country. VIVA COSATU VIVA

      siyadyosiba - 2012-04-18 10:10

      The march must begin at 6am to block traffic between joburg and pretoria.

      Brendon - 2012-04-18 16:58

      I will bring the rusks lets get an early start. Not registering and not paying.

      Chas - 2012-04-19 18:59

      Sounds good,but,only problem is that it will delay deliveries of everything & cause chaos for ONE day, what is needed is repeated protests,otherwisesanral/govt will say ok protest over just carry on

  • Herman - 2012-04-18 06:24

    Smells like an African Winter uprising, be afraid anc, be very afraid!

  • Nomsa - 2012-04-18 06:34

    I'm not a member but I'm with Cosatu all the way.\r\n\r\nI feel its not fear to us especially because\r\nPeople who are doing business on the road are not paying, this is just plain robbery.

      Mary - 2012-04-18 11:14

      And the only reason they excluded them is bcos they knew what was going to happen if the taxi industry had to pay.

  • Hannes Bosman - 2012-04-18 06:38

    this is where i will back COSATO all the way!! damm i will even join in if we can put a end to this eToll BS

  • Wolflock - 2012-04-18 06:39

    GO COSATU! I support your Protest against Tolls All the way from Thailand!

  • Pixie86 - 2012-04-18 06:41

    wouldn't it be amazing if blacks, whites, indians and chinese jouned this strike? Maybe when the government sees it's not just one race that does not want this but all of south africa they will listen. And don't worry if you can't toi toi, they will teach you the rhythm and you'll love it!

      Jacqueline - 2012-04-18 07:12

      For once I agree with you! White people might not be able to dance, but we will sure as heck make the effort and sing just as loud. Sanral can bite my booty!! No to e-tolls!

  • Wanda - 2012-04-18 06:42

    Mr Cosatu; I'm total behind you, and how about turning this march into action by demolishing all the structures.

  • Khanyi - 2012-04-18 06:45

    This is it! I am joining taking leave to join. E-toll is bulldust. Let's go Vavi

  • Warwick - 2012-04-18 06:45

    And when we crush these tolls, we go after Nazi Ali and his henchmen. We get these cowarly crooks behind bars for corruption and deceiving the public. And a message to Joe public, just remember the organizations that support the tolls and no longer support them, there are many more who don't. 702, 94.7 and PnP, YOU GUYS SUCK.

      Herman - 2012-04-18 07:24


      flysouth - 2012-04-18 10:52

      You are right about those corporate entities who have supported the tolls. But let us also remember those individuals who like sheep bought e-tags. Never forget - never forgive - no mercy!

      George - 2012-04-18 16:42

      Exactly right. I've lost respect for John Robbie. He was singing Comical Alli'es praises the other morning totally oblivious to the fundamental principles. Obviously earns too much.

      Chas - 2012-04-19 19:04

      @warwick/flysouth/george, completly agree

  • Mashilo - 2012-04-18 06:52

    This system (e-lotto/toll) is worse than the Dompass. It is designed to control and monitor our movements while creating holes in our pockets. With RICA, e-lotto and secrecy bill in place, even Mugabe

      Mashilo - 2012-04-18 07:15

      Bottom part of my comment was: With RICA, e-lotto

      Mashilo - 2012-04-18 07:18

      Stop cutting my comments

      Mary - 2012-04-18 11:19

      And the only reason why the black ppl won the fight against the stupid dompass is bcos, when there was a march, it did not matter if the pac called for that march, all parties participated, it was not a pac march, it was a fight against the pass law. Now every one must join in cos this is not a cosatu fighting anc issue, it's a fight againt etolls.

  • obuseng.kgori - 2012-04-18 06:55

    I've never seen a democratic country where by decisions can be made without looking at how they'll have an impact on the citizens sorry guys I can't pay for etoll come

      Mike - 2012-04-18 09:07

      theres nothing democratic about this country, its a dictatorship.

  • Thomas - 2012-04-18 06:58

    SANRAL the tribe has spoken, you are fired!!!!!!

      Alan - 2012-04-18 08:07

      more like dead and buried!

      Chas - 2012-04-19 19:05

      Sanral you are the weakist link....goodbye

  • Willem - 2012-04-18 06:59

    When will this be, for once I will join Cosatu.

  • Marion - 2012-04-18 07:05

    COSATU must publish the full details of this protest action very widely and very soon. Last time there were supposed to be lunchtime pickets for those who couldn't get off work but all I heard about was the massive march. Also, all political parties should encourage their members to join the protest action instead of standing against the issue on numerous platforms. Ultimately we have a common goal - to get rid of eTolling totally. My husband has already started trying to find the quickest route between east and north via suburban streets in case it goes ahead.

      Marike - 2012-04-18 08:27

      Marion, if the have it on the 23d and onwards, as as planned, I think many people will join. If they have it on the 30th, I doubt if it would have a massive impact, as many people will be making a long weekend of it anyway. Either way, I agree that it's time for South Africans to unite as people, not parties. Stop this E-tag nonsense!

      Marion - 2012-04-18 16:00

      @Marike - You're right. When I agreed with 27 April I forgot that the 1st was another public holiday and as a result there's a school holiday on 30th so nice long weekend again.

  • wbrummer1989 - 2012-04-18 07:14

    We people shall not fall into Sanral`s trap!!! we will fight for our rights.