E-tolls not just about Gauteng - Vavi

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG – The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) is taking its e-toll protests to the streets of Gauteng on Friday morning. 

The trade union federation said it has planned mass marches in Johannesburg and Pretoria, to voice its opposition to the controversial project.

Cosatu General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says government will target other metropolitan areas in South Africa if civil society stands by and allows e-tolls to go ahead in Gauteng. 

“If we can’t stop them here in Gauteng, then we will not be able to stop them in Durban and in Cape Town too.” 

Vavi called on support from citizens across the country, saying other provinces cannot stand by and watch events unfold.

“This is not about Gauteng - this is about South Africa.” 

The general secretary and other Cosatu affiliates are expected to address protesters at Friday’s march.