Cosatu set to continue e-toll demonstrations

"Cosatu in Gauteng note that the e-tolls have not been scrapped by government since our last demonstration," Cosatu provincial secretary Dumisani Dakile told reporters in Johannesburg.

"Therefore … the campaign to occupy the highway and massive demonstrations will continue," he said. The protest would commence on February 11.

"We are going out … we will occupy freeways on that day." He said the action would be carried out in other provinces to ensure it became a "national act".

The second protest would be held on February 25, the same day as the opening of the Gauteng legislature.

"People there [at the opening] were invited to wear suits and ties. We will wear t-shirts and demonstrate with the workers, we will fight for the scrapping of e-tolling."

'A taste of what is to come'
The third protest would be held on March 7, the anniversary of Cosatu's nationwide strike against e-tolling and labour broking last year.

"There must be a stay away on that day. The country must come to a standstill." Dakile said the protests last year were "a taste of what is to come".

"Even if it means that there must be action every week … until government listens to us we are prepared to do so."

On Friday the North Gauteng High Court granted the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) leave to take the matter to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.

Outa had applied to appeal a December 13 2012 judgement which dismissed its bid to have the electronic tolling of Gauteng's major roads scrapped. – Sapa

Keep the powerful accountable

Subscribe for R30/mth for the first three months. Cancel anytime.

Subscribers get access to all our best journalism, subscriber-only newsletters, events and a weekly cryptic crossword.

Sapa
Guest Author

Related stories

WELCOME TO YOUR M&G

Already a subscriber? Sign in here

Advertising

Latest stories

International Day of Education: Countries set realistic goals for 2030

The original sustainable development goal for education treated all countries as equal; however, global targets have now been localised, providing a more realistic framework

Chieftaincy dispute hits Richards Bay Minerals production

The KZN department of co-operative governance has undertaken to resolve the dispute it created by dethroning the sitting inkosi in 2010

World Economic Forum: ‘2022 will be like navigating an obstacle...

Central banks massively underestimated inflation risks as economies bounced back from the pandemic-induced slump

Montana backs Prasa-fraud accused Mthimkhulu as court hears how he...

Montana testified that ‘unqualified’ Mthimkhulu was the right engineer for the state rail agency, despite his acquisition of allegedly faulty locomotives
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…
×