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DA, Cosatu team up against Cape e-tolls

2013-04-16 14:57

Cape Town - Electronic tolling in the Western Cape has forced the DA and ANC ally Cosatu to fight the ANC side-by-side in resisting plans to charge motorists for using highways, it was reported on Tuesday.

Cosatu's Western Cape provincial secretary, Tony Ehrenreich, said that the trade union federation would support the DA's anti-tolling campaign, reported Business Day. 


DA Western Cape leader Ivan Meyer welcomed Ehrenreich’s stance on e-tolls and said it was time for the ANC and its Western Cape leader Marius Fransman to realise that the poor would bear the brunt of e-tolls.

The SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) said the proposed N1-N2 Winelands toll project in Cape Town will be different to Gauteng's e-tolling system.

Gauteng would have an open road tolling system with no booths on the roads, whereas Cape Town would have toll plazas with an option for motorists to pay manually.

Last month, the DA-led City of Cape Town took legal steps to stop the project.

On May 16, the Western Cape High Court will hear the city's application to stop Sanral from implementing the proposed project.

On Monday, the DA officially launched its campaign to stop Sanral from building an e-tolling system similar to that in Gauteng, Business Day reported.

Turning sections of the N1 and N2 highways in the Western Cape into toll roads will severely affect the urban and rural poor in the province, according to DA leaders.

City of Cape Town mayoral committee member for human settlements Tandeka Gqada estimated commuters travelling to the CBD from Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha, Cape Town's two biggest townships, could pay double for taxi fare should the toll projects be implemented.

"The proposed toll roads will have a significant negative impact on the low income sector of the community who rely on the N1 and N2 to commute to and from work, and for business purposes," Gqada told Sapa.

"The districts affected by the tolls [are] Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain, and also Somerset West."

The DA, citing a University of Stellenbosch study, said e-tolling could cost farmers an additional R5m a year.

Meyer said the rural poor could be hit even harder than their urban counterparts, given the effect toll fees would have on the agriculture sector.

"For example, a farmer in De Doorns transporting goods to the Cape Town harbour via the N1 for a round trip will cost him R744, and as we know 18 million cartons of table grapes are transported from the Hex River Valley... by around 5000 trucks a year, and we are speaking here about export grapes," he told Sapa.

"What we are expecting is that the rural poor... they will have fewer jobs, fewer choices and lower pay and become more economically vulnerable than the urban poor and we blame the ANC...," he said.

Meanwhile, plans to implement e-tolls in Gauteng has been met with mounting public resistance, after Sanral announced last week that it would start charging motorists using highways within the next two months.

Cosatu has been on at the forefront to oppose the tolling of urban roads.

The DA and Cosatu are political rivals and hold opposing views on several issues.

This rivalry turned violent in May last year when the DA marched to Cosatu's headquarters to call for its support for a youth subsidy to tackle unemployment.

Cosatu believes the subsidy will encourage companies to hire cheap, young labour just for the subsidy, and will retrench older workers.

Comments
  • Mashao Bracan - 2013-04-16 15:10

    No to e-tolls end of story

      Junior Mahlo - 2013-04-16 15:49

      Come 2014 Billboards will read "working together we can do more" with a face of Showerman.......Makes one wonder what do they mean by "working together"?

      alan.gernet - 2013-04-16 16:08

      working the electorate over....

      Vaughan - 2013-04-16 16:51

      Have I suddenly been transported to an alternate universe. Tony Ehrenreich, the guy that tried to make the Western Cape ungovernable by encouraging farmworkers to go on strike, is backing a DA campaign.

      Mc Segal - 2013-04-17 13:48

      Could get worse Vaughn Tony Might bjoin the da...Go with the flow..

      megala arxithia - 2013-04-17 17:54

      Tony "Baloney' Ehrenreich is the head of Cosatu in the Western Cape and the leader of the ANC in the CT council. He opposes the e-tolls in his capacity as Cosatu leader yet voted against the City of Cape Town taking steps to legally oppose the new tolls in the council sitting. This man suffers from serious bouts of amnesia and derangement and speaks only with a forked tongue. It also shows what a clown he is if he cannot see the irony in his actions. The ANC is pushing for these tolls so they can line their pockets with backhanders and little envelopes from the companies who get the contracts. It all stinks of heaps of corruption and we must oppose the tolls and the ANC at all costs.

  • Andre Jansen Van Vuuren - 2013-04-16 15:12

    Together we can achieve allot. If we can just learn to work together! Well done!

      JD Weilbach - 2013-04-16 15:23

      Ye, right - ONLY IN SOUTH AFRICA... Are they going to share war stories about.., http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Politics/Zille-DA-march-a-turning-point-for-SA-20120517 An unholy 'ALLIANCE' if I have ever seen one..!

  • Zolisa Dlokovu - 2013-04-16 15:14

    Kuhle ukubona abantu bebambisene kwabakholelwa kubo

      Cari Du Preez - 2013-04-16 15:30

      How about English?

      Lindah Mthanti - 2013-04-16 15:32

      whats wrong with Zulu?

      Tersia Louw - 2013-04-16 15:52

      Nothing's wrong with Zulu, when the article's in Zulu.

      Heini Botes - 2013-04-16 16:09

      Nothing is wrong with Zulu Lindah, before you jump on the 'racial horse'. But you do see this is an English website, News24, not Izindaba24. Simple enough?

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-04-16 16:34

      Maybe we could just ask Zolisa to translate for us?

      Lindah Mthanti - 2013-04-16 16:55

      Heini race horce lol, good thinking Lacri instead of complaining(means its good to c people united to what they believe) tried.

      Du Toit Coetzee - 2013-04-16 17:32

      Thanks Lindah!

  • BraSteve Myaluze - 2013-04-16 15:15

    It was going to take something special like etolls to get Cosatu and the DA on the same side. Remember how they threw bricks at each other when they were arguing over the youth wage subsidy?

  • Mike Sparks - 2013-04-16 15:17

    good to see DA and Cosatu standing together. Good luck Cape Town

  • Patsy Smith - 2013-04-16 15:17

    How disgustingly greedy can our trough-feeders be? When will they stop bleeding their fellow South Africans dry and say 'enough is enough'???

      Junior Mahlo - 2013-04-16 15:45

      We have to save ourselves by voting them OUT of power.

  • Pierre Potgieter - 2013-04-16 15:52

    If we agree on an issue, let's work together. Sounds simple, yet most politicians will fight each other only because they are in different parties. Its good to see the DA and Cosatu can at least work together on this issue. I will also gladly join a DA/Cosatu march to destroy a toll gantry.

  • Alexander Dowding - 2013-04-16 15:55

    ANC's slogan on e-tolls in the Western Cape - Together we can charge motorists more.

      Susan van Hemert - 2013-04-17 11:05

      Yes, and to send more money into Zim - and keep our troops busy elsewhere!

  • Tlotlo Phele - 2013-04-16 15:55

    A perfect example of tackling the issue not the man .

  • Bradley Stewart - 2013-04-16 16:04

    No! No! No! Always no to e-tolls!!!!!!!

  • Tello Moleko - 2013-04-16 16:10

    not only on e tolls but always be together

  • Tello Moleko - 2013-04-16 16:12

    Mahlo i truly regret voting for them,i was lost

  • Imagine Sense - 2013-04-16 16:19

    This must be a hard one for Tony to swallow! Especially since he really does not have a choice! He would have loved to fleece the farmers, for example, no problem there. However, these stupid toll roads will hurt everybody, except the fatcat comrats who will get the toll concessions and make millions out of other people's misery. Anyway, we already pay a large amount of tax on every litre of fuel, so motorists have ALREADY paid for roads. Free roads for free citizens!!

  • Gideon Viljoen - 2013-04-16 16:36

    Good luck, JHB lost!!!!

  • Terence Wessels - 2013-04-16 16:39

    HKGK. We won't pay you cANCer leaches. You have sucked us all dry already. Mass civil disobedience on the cards. The only plus point is possibly some cANCer voters in Gauteng will be changing their minds soon.....we can hope? Vote for anyone else but these crooks.

  • Hasani Booysen Hlungwana - 2013-04-16 16:49

    If ANC lose in this coming elelction, is then you will realize that there is no democrancy in RSA . . Zuma and Mgabe has same principles. . We are been hijacked day light by ANC

  • Simon Ramapuputla - 2013-04-16 16:58

    Please offer me free education, what if I would like to pay for e-tolls, can i march as well?

      Du Toit Coetzee - 2013-04-16 17:36

      Yes, you can, but it is going to be a lonely walk/march.

      Amin Idi - 2013-04-16 18:34

      eish bro Simon, are you trying to be funny

  • Vuyiswa Pilizana - 2013-04-16 17:48

    Where or who can provide with stats of Western Cape commuters from Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plein because my gut feel says WC province has more rail commuters from poor areas than road. The heavy truck loads users are the ones that are causing more damage on the roads and costs government huge sums to fix it. Are they not suppose to pay for that? Why free ride for them? Poor people in the WC do not afford cars or private transport nor do they own trucks or businesses that have those trucks etc. Can Sanral explain if there is no rebate system for public transport as compared to private transport? Where in the world there is such a good road infrastructure with no accountability to the users?

      Werner Nel - 2013-04-16 20:22

      explain to me why we have so many trucks? o yes transnet is a parastatal... go figure!

      Heini Botes - 2013-04-16 21:35

      Here's one for you, how many from Kayelitsha

      Glenn Chi - 2013-04-17 08:25

      Heavy trucks that "damage the roads" do pay for it - heavy trucks consume large amounts of fuel... so they do pay more for the roads through the fuel levy. The fuel levy is (should be) for maintenance and building of new roads, not for Nkandla, arms deals, blue light brigades, public servant salaries etc.

  • Gremlin - 2013-04-16 18:38

    @ Vuyiswa well said

      Glenn Chi - 2013-04-17 08:30

      What are you talking about - there is accountability - every litre of fuel contributes R2,13 as a result of the fuel levy! Assuming that you get 10km to the litre on average (medium sized car), I contribute 21c per kilometer to the maintenance of the roads. I am very accountable thanks very much.

  • bertus.pretorius.1 - 2013-04-16 20:31

    Ugh. Do you really want to be with Tony in the same bed?

  • Markus Sukram - 2013-04-17 12:00

    What a mess...we have taxes on petrol, taxes on imports, taxes on everything and now they want more. Why can't we just learn from the more experienced countries that not everything needs to be taxed? Just learn how to spend what tax is currently brought in wisely. Not up the salary of someone when there is more fat to go around. Its ridiculous! And what kind of developing countries put tax on books (ie VAT)??!! That's encouraging stupidity...

  • megala arxithia - 2013-04-17 17:54

    Tony "Balaney' Ehrenreich is the head of Cosatu in the Western Cape and the leader of the ANC in the CT council. He opposes the e-tolls in his capacity as Cosatu leader yet voted against the City of Cape Town taking steps to legally oppose the new tolls in the council sitting. This man suffers from serious bouts of amnesia and derangement and speaks only with a forked tongue. It also shows what a clown he is if he cannot see the irony in his actions. The ANC is pushing for these tolls so they can line their pockets with backhanders and little envelopes from the companies who get the contracts. It all stinks of heaps of corruption and we must oppose the tolls and the ANC at all costs.

  • Jan Chrzciciel - 2013-04-22 18:34

    Doesn't ehrereich represent the anc in cape town council? Does he now have to punch himself in the mouth?

  • Kevin Barker - 2013-05-17 13:01

    Tony Ehrenreich (ANC)big mouth piece would just get off his (hate the white man) we maybe able to fix this country

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