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Gauteng Cosatu calls for company e-toll tax

Cosatu says companies should give up a day’s profit to fund the Gauteng e-tolling system.

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JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng branch of the Congress of South African Trade Union (Cosatu) on Friday said government should look at enforcing a once-off tax on everyone that earns more than R600,000 a year.

The federation said this will be used to pay for the province's toll roads.

In April, Judge Bill Prinsloo granted an urgent interdict effectively putting the controversial project on hold.

His decision was handed down in Pretoria’s North Gauteng High Court.

Gauteng Cosatu spokesperson Dumisani Dakile said private companies must also pay up.

He said corporations should pay at least one day’s profit towards the project.

On Thursday, Cabinet said it will consider e-toll alternatives to fund and maintain Gauteng’s freeways.

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) wants a fuel levy to fund the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project.

Government has approached the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg to appeal April’s ruling.

Under the project, motorists are expected to fork out at least 30 cents per kilometre to use a large stretch of the province’s highways.

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)

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