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'Slow' protest on Jozi freeways

2013-06-25 10:24

JOHANNEBURG - About 200 cars were in a drive-slow motorcade on Johannesburg's highways on Monday (June 24) in a protest against e-tolling.

Cosatu provincial secretary Dumisani Dakile said "The protest is quite orderly."

The motorcade left the Congress of SA Trade Unions' head office in Braamfontein, central Johnnesburg, at about 9am and was due to, er, speed up at about 2pm.

The N1 north towards the Olifantsfontein off-ramp, the N1 south towards the Diepkloof interchange, the N12 east and the M1 north near the Smit Street off-ramp were affected with Johannesburg metro police monitoring the protest.

TOLLING 'WITHIN TWO MONTHS'

Cosatu held a similar protest in Ekurhuleni in May 2013.

In April this year, the SA National Roads Agency Limited said it would begin e-tolling on Gauteng's roads "within two months".

In April 2012 the High Court in Pretoria granted the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) an interdict approving a full judicial review before electronic tolling could be put into effect. This prevented Sanral from levying or collecting e-tolls, pending the outcome of a review. Sanral and the National Treasury appealed against the court order.

In September 2012 the Constitutional Court set aside the interim order and, in December 2012, the High Court in Pretoria dismissed Outa's application to scrap e-tolling.

The court granted Outa leave on January 25 2013 to take the matter to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein. The appeal is expected to be heard in September 2013.

SAPA

Comments
  • Maartins Siphiso - 2013-06-25 11:15

    This was a"token" protest by Cosatu, it was useless , a waste of time and meant nothing. Cosatu is in on the e-toll deal.

  • King Reu - 2013-06-25 13:33

    Whats slow about it

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