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By Kingdom Mabuza | Apr 20, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 57 ]

THE ANC and Cosatu are still battling to find a middle ground on the Gauteng e-tolling system despite having held many meetings.

Yesterday another meeting was held by the two parties, but Cosatu later released a statement about its planned April 30 strike to fight the e-tolling system.

The labour federation said it would blockade major freeways in Gauteng and other parts of the country to protest against the launching of the system, which it has branded "highway robbery".

The Sowetan understands that Cosatu wants the ANC to persuade its government to scrap the system that will see motorists paying to use certain national roads in Gauteng.

It has also proposed that the government should find money to pay off the debt incurred while building the roads, but the ANC refused, saying the government could not divert funds intended for other projects.

Cosatu spokesman Patrick Craven said yesterday's meeting was a follow-up, but refused to give details of the meeting.

ANC spokesman Keith Khoza said he could not comment because there was a decision that what was discussed should not be made public at this stage.

The labour federation filed a Section 77 notice on Tuesday, which will enable workers to engage in protected protest action in the form of a national stay-away.

Cosatu's planned action will coincide with the implementation of the e-tolling system on April 30.

Cosatu will also embark on other forms of protests like marches, picketing and sit-ins to register their displeasure with the system which will affect mostly low-earners.

Cosatu in North West will also hold a protest action at the Swartruggens tollgate today to demand that the toll fees be reduced.

Provincial secretary Solly Phetoe said: "This protest action is part of the national campaign against e-tolling and labour brokers. Cosatu calls on all its members to come out in numbers to fight against this reverse apartheid that we are experiencing.

"We call on all taxi owners, motorists, business people and the rest of the people of North West to support our picketing and demonstration, which will start from April 20 2012 ..."

A series of protest action will also take place as a build-up to the April 30 strike.

This will include a night vigil at the Tshwane department of roads and transport on April 25, picketing at the Sanral offices on the same day and a night vigil at the Swartruggens toll gate on April 20 and 21.

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Morning all.

Apr 23, 2012 7:29 | 0 replies

Guys we can talk all we want, but the greatest resistance comes with driving through the gantries and not look back, hahahahaha, SCAMRAL is lying not even 30K people have registered for this thing, so your resistance is working comrades. lets continue like that


Apr 20, 2012 2:54 | 0 replies

@Charley4sure
Think about it, the underlying thing here is the governmental pension funds invested in this thing.

So, clearly they are not planning on stopping this once the road repairs are paid for..so its for the long run
To make mattters worse...they will use our already overworked police force against us...to ensure their pensions...rather than have them sort real crime out..

and to top that they will be using our courts and judges against us that should be processing real crimes which our country is plagued with that

so they have made it them vs the people

Apr 20, 2012 2:49 | 0 replies

NO TO E TOLLIING DO U HERE ME ANC!!
NO TO E TOLLIING DO U HERE ME ANC!!
NO TO E TOLLIING DO U HERE ME ANC!!
NO TO E TOLLIING DO U HERE ME ANC!!
NO TO E TOLLIING DO U HERE ME ANC!!
NO TO E TOLLIING DO U HERE ME ANC!!
NO TO E TOLLIING DO U HERE ME ANC!!
NO TO E TOLLIING DO U HERE ME ANC!!
NO TO E TOLLIING DO U HERE ME ANC!!
NO TO E TOLLIING DO U HERE ME ANC!!

ZOOMER AND HIS TEAM MUST GO FACK THEM SELVES!!!

Apr 20, 2012 2:45 | 0 replies

@katakata
mare kante o phela kae na? why o dula o nyamela so?

Apr 20, 2012 2:16 | 0 replies

@ Ruudboy

Do you work for scamral? or are you a anc member that will benefit from these tolls?

Apr 20, 2012 2:14 | 0 replies

This is ridiculous, the E-Toll is so unfair. I hear the goverment in Gauteng have registered
for their vehicles. They are not paying even a cent, we tax payers have to pay for our own
vehicles and the Goverment. We are paying twice, but indirectly. To hell with the reverse of
apartheid under the Dictator.

Apr 20, 2012 2:10 | 0 replies

Ruudboy

Lets not.

Apr 20, 2012 2:9 | 0 replies

***Cosatu calls on all its members to come out in numbers to fight against this reverse apartheid that we are experiencing.****

if the above statement was made by ANCYL, there was going to be some discipline. now it is clear that our govt is being replaced by apartheid system.

Apr 20, 2012 2:5 | 0 replies

The ANC is yet to see the wrath of the masses, Come May...

Apr 20, 2012 2:1 | 0 replies

Guys lets all agree purchase the tag

Apr 20, 2012 1:39 | 0 replies