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Cosatu stands firm on e-tolling

By Tebogo Monama and Vusi Xaba | Mar 26, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 60 ]

"It is a sad day when a nation's government develops a tense and threatening relationship with its people when trying to force an unjust and unpopular decision into being" - Business grouping is going to court

COSATU believes that it can still persuade the government to halt the implementation of the controversial e-tolling system on Gauteng's highways.

Union federation spokesman Patrick Craven said yesterday, ahead of its meeting with the ANC today, that it believed that through the party it could sway the government's position on a system that will hurt the poor.

Craven said today's meeting would be part of Cosatu's continuing efforts to have the e-tolls scrapped.

"We hope we will make progress in [today's] meeting. We have to engage with the government and convince it this is about value.

"We hope some in the ANC can convince the government that we can still debate the issue in which we want the system scrapped," he said.

Craven reiterated Cosatu's previous declaration that it would be robust in protesting against the system.

General secretary Zwelinzima Vavi told thousands of protesters during Cosatu's massive march earlier this month that it would send its members to block the tollgates if the system went ahead on April 30, the implementation date.

Craven said Cosatu would intensify its protest campaigns if today's meeting did not yield desirable results.

"[If necessary] we will get our members to blockade the tollgates and will consider other ways to protest after [today's] meeting," he said.

Craven said Cosatu would not join other parties that have instituted a court challenge against the Department of Transport.

A business organisation in the leasing and car rental sector, calling itself Opposition to Urban Tolling (Outa), launched a challenge in the Pretoria High Court last week.

Craven said: "We cannot be part of people who are driven by political motives. The Democratic Alliance is the force behind those people."

Six days before the e-tolling system is scheduled to start, the courts will hear a case against it.

On Friday, Outa filed a court application to stop tolling in Gauteng.

Group spokesman Wayne Duvenage said: "It is a sad day when a nation's government develops a tense and threatening relationship with its people when trying to force an unjust and unpopular decision into being."

The fuel levy could be used to pay for the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project at an additional cost of between eight and 10c per litre of fuel, Duvenage said.

The organisation served papers against SA National Roads Agency Limited, Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele, Water and Environment Affairs Minister Edna Molewa and her director-general, Gauteng transport MEC Ismail Vadi, and the National Consumer Commission.

Last month, Cosatu went on a national strike in protest.

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Vavi for President.....

Mar 26, 2012 3:49 | 0 replies

haai jah ne...............

Mar 26, 2012 12:59 | 0 replies

so what about the cape town refugees that will drive pass Gauteng e- tolls how are they going to pay????

Mar 26, 2012 12:51 | 0 replies

GrRRRpha, you are so right, and that's SANRAL's lane. Go check the R103 ( I think it's called), the road just after Villiers going to Vrede and Memel. Recently upgraded and potholes bigger than swimming pools. The first hot day melted all the tar away, and the trucks simply pushed it into one massive bump on the side. And before we talk black workmanship, nogal Edwin Construction. Sounds white to me. Anybody know where we can report this kind of terrible workmanship?

Mar 26, 2012 12:17 | 0 replies

Go ahead Cosatu go ahead

Mar 26, 2012 12:15 | 0 replies

the bloody road's left lane's are bumpy, poor quality

Mar 26, 2012 11:49 | 0 replies

We need a multi faced approach to this. Cosatu and the DA ( and other civil organisations ) need to work together here, the enemy is common, for them to say "we don't support that one or this one" is counter productive. The DA and The Business group, should focus on the legal route, while Cosatu has the masses and the work force. When Cosatu says block the roads, we know we can count on the masses and the other way round, it should not be about outdoing each other, right now we need that marriage of convinience.

Mar 26, 2012 11:33 | 0 replies
Mar 26, 2012 11:25 | 0 replies

@MsKinkyakaKamaSutra

Indeed, MsKinky, indeed.

I often think (if I am in mood for consp!racy theory) that we have been subjected to ev+il brainwashing making us ha+te other rac+es in order to destabilise our country - so that others can prof+it. Regardless if this is true or not, your principle of "Divided we fall" is very accurate, so we should guard against that.

Mar 26, 2012 11:22 | 0 replies

zaco

Oh ye of little faith.

These exiles from the ANC have no clue just how stubborn we can be.

Mar 26, 2012 11:20 | 0 replies

Who could have seen these coming ?? that same ANC will try to strip the little that we are getting to line pockets of the corrupt few!!!

talk about the "increasing the gap" between poor and rich campaign!! goodness - majority did not see this coming!

wake up majority and smell the stink - stink of greed! lets awake and remove those who are trying to enslave us .......... we are simply grossly over-taxed!

Mar 26, 2012 11:5 | 0 replies