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Cosatu to continue fight against tolls

By Sapa  | Oct 09, 2013 | COMMENTS [ 17 ]

"... Our roads are a public asset already paid for through taxation and the fuel levy, and motorists should not therefore have to pay again to drive on these public highways."

The Supreme Court of Appeal's dismissal of the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance's (Outa) challenge to e-tolls makes no difference to Cosatu's campaign, the trade union federation said on Wednesday.

"This decision will make no difference to Cosatu's unwavering campaign against this attempt to privatise our public highways," Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) spokesman Patrick Craven said in a statement.

"... Our roads are a public asset already paid for through taxation and the fuel levy, and motorists should not therefore have to pay again to drive on these public highways."

Earlier, SCA Judge Fritz Brand refused Outa's appeal against the SA National Roads Agency Limited's (Sanral) plans to introduce e-tolls. No costs order was made.

However, Brand set aside the order granted by the High Court in Pretoria directing Outa to pay Sanral costs, and replaced it with a ruling that there be no costs order.

Outa chairman Wayne Duvenage said the alliance and its lawyers were studying Brand's judgment.

The Democratic Alliance said the fight against e-tolls was now in the hands of the people of Gauteng.

"E-tolling will kill jobs in Gauteng and make it harder for people to make ends meet," DA spokesman Mmusi Maimane said in a statement.

"The power of the vote is the surest way to stop tolls."

Maimane said this was not the end of the road in the fight against e-tolls.

He said the DA had contributed R1 million to Outa's court action because it believed it was important to contest the principle of e-tolling.

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They should tell it to people who really believe them.

Oct 09, 2013 1:23 | 0 replies

E - Toilet Paper my a$$

Oct 09, 2013 3:10 | 0 replies

Deat MrTM

Thabo Mbeki kunjani?

Oct 09, 2013 2:14 | 0 replies

Smoke and mirrors again :(
They only make a little noise so they are seen as being on the side of the public when all they are doing is just a ruse to gain credibility so they can con everyone into voting for the ANC.

As Terry Prachet said:
"Always remember that the crowd that applauds your coronation is the same crowd that will applaud your beheading. People like a show."

Oct 09, 2013 2:5 | 0 replies

Dear ANC


Philani, thina siyahlupheka

I will remember this when I vote next.

Obhalayo

Yilo ongeke asanivotela.

Oct 09, 2013 2:4 | 0 replies

Labour brokers they failed , Unemployment they failed , Etoll they failed

Supporting zuma they won

Oct 09, 2013 1:55 | 0 replies

Fellow citizens, now is clear that this ANC clawns they are taking us for a ride, Now is the time to take matter into our own hands lets vote them out in next year ELECTION enough is enough!!!!.........

Oct 09, 2013 1:55 | 0 replies

Blah, blah, blah COSATU.

What you dont tell the people, is that you actually invested your workers retirement money into eTolls...
And the way that you go about protesting the etolls is COMPLETELY backwards.

You effectively block the roads, preventing average South African citizens from getting to their jobs. Meanwhile, the fat politicians are sitting in parliament, and they dont even use the roads. So, instead of inconveniencing the politicians, you merely inconvenience South Africans.

And vavi, we are sick of your zuma-l1cking gob.

Oct 09, 2013 1:54 | 0 replies

All those left in COSATU are jockeying to shove their heads deep in JZ's behind. I remain a doubting Thomas until I see COSATU converting words into action.

Oct 09, 2013 1:51 | 0 replies

Labour Brokers they failed , Unemployment they failed , Etoll they failed

Supporting they won

Oct 09, 2013 1:50 | 0 replies

GOOD ADVICE: Do something for yourself, for your family. Don’t waste your time talking politics while others are enjoying their lives with money without politics. See how this South African poor woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling solar panels to the people in rural areas/villages so they can have electricity easily and very cheaply. Very interesting. Go to SOLARTECH.CO not dot com, to see the methods and companies she was using to do that, SOLARTECH.CO not dot com. Wake up Africans

Oct 09, 2013 1:47 | 0 replies