'Support growing for Cosatu e-toll march'

A motorist uses the N12 highway, a proposed toll road in Johannesburg on Thursday, 15 November 2012. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - The Automobile Association (AA) on Friday said government's decision to hold public hearings into e-tolling could backfire, with more people growing angry and joining the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)'s protest. 

The third and final session of the public hearings was held in Sunninghill in northern Johannesburg on Thursday, which proved to be a tense and emotional affair. 

More than 300 people attended the meeting and condemned e-tolling as a "money-making scheme".

Cosatu called the process a farce, and it also threatened to take to the streets on 30 November to protest against the project. 

AA spokesperson Gary Ronald said the hearings only fanned the flames of the public’s anger.

“The call by Cosatu for the stay-away on 30 November will get significant support from unexpected corners.” 

The Department of Transport said it had received around 3,000 written submissions on the implementation of e-tolls. 

There are still around 10 days left for the public to comment on the e-tolls.

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)