Cosatu moves 'mother of all e-toll protests'

Opposition to Gauteng's toll roads instensifies amidst court action.

Cosatu protester in Pretoria on 25 April 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Monday's mass action against e-tolling is going to be a build-up to an even bigger protest, Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) Secretary General Zwelinzima Vavi warned on Wednesday.

The federation is planning to protest along the highway on April 30, the day the system is scheduled to go live.

Vavi said the mass march will not be as big as they had originally anticipated.

"We have decided to move the strike because it would have no impact as people would be off on that day."

Meanwhile, the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) has won its bid to have its application declared urgent in the North Gauteng High Court.

The court case is now underway before Judge Bill Prinsloo.

Wednesday's ruling paves with way for Outa to argue its case against the controversial tolls.

Under the system, Gauteng motorists will pay around 30 cents per kilometre to use some of the province's highways.

Prinsloo ruled Outa was not able to act earlier because there was no clarity on the project until February 2012.

"The applicants [Outa] were uncertain whether [the project] would proceed. It would have been premature to bring an application before that date."

Yesterday, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and National Treasury argued that the case was four years too late.