Cosatu supporters gather for e-toll march

Cosatu members gather in central JHB as they prepare to march over the controversial e-tolls. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.
JOHANNESBURG/PRETORIA - Dozens of Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) supporters on Friday started arriving at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown for a planned mass march against e-tolling.

Cosatu is leading a march to the Department of Housing, Transport and office of the premier.

A few Cosatu supporters are dancing in the square as they wait for the rest of the crowd to arrive.

A large police presence is also stationed nearby.

Cosatu says it is expecting thousands of people to attend Friday’s march and have encouraged motorists to support their action.

Only a few non-Cosatu supporters have arrived and the march will most likely get off to a delayed start.


A steadily increasing number of red shirts are being watched by around a dozen men and women in blue.

Earlier, one official announced that the march against e-tolling will go ahead, even if there is just a handful of people.

Demonstrators will march to the department of transport, before heading to National Treasury.

Cosatu’s Dumisani Dakile is expected to address the crowd there.

The demonstration is said to start moving at around 11am this morning.

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)