COSATU protests against expensive tollgates
RUSTENBURG – A storm is brewing in the North West Province where the Congress of SA Trades Unions (COSATU) is demanding the closure of a tollgate if the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) does not reduce charges.
COSATU’s Provincial Secretary, Solly Phetoe, on Thursday told CAJ News the
union would return to Swartruggens tollgate with the view to force the reduction of charges of the “expensive toll gate.”
He said COSATU would intensify its campaign against e-tolling system across the country.
Phetoe said COSATU halted its anti e-toll protests against the tollgate at Swartruggens following intervention by Transport Minister, Dipuo Peters, who sought dialogue, but argued that SANRAL had breached the agreement by going ahead to charge old fares of R75 instead of R4.
“We have learned that SANRAL and Bakwena are playing delaying tricks on this matter (implementing new charges) and that they are not prepared to bring any solutions to the meetings.
“It must be on record that we suspended our program for a month to listen to their proposal. At the same time poor motorists, including our members, continue to pay very expensive fees and farmers who are their friends continue to pay between R3 and R4 at the expense of the poor working class,” said Phetoe.
He said the federation was now requesting Peters to suspend the payment of R75 until there was a solution on the new charges stalemate or else the public be allowed to pay R4.
COSATU and its members are going back to protest at the tollgate on Friday.
“We call on all our members to bring more cars to block the toll gate for four hours and that all motorists must be aware that from 14h00 the N4 road from Swartruggens may be disrupted as we will be driving slowly on that road.
“We are a discipline organization which respects our government and we have been very patient, but we have been taken for a ride by SANRAL and Bakwena,” Phetoe said.
– CAJ News
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