Sanral has no power over motorists - Cosatu

Cosatu believes Sanral cannot force Gauteng motorists to pay toll fees.

Toll gantry. Picture:EWN

PRETORIA - There is no way that the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) can force people to pay toll fees or stop them from using the highways, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said on Thursday.

The trade union federation's central executive committee met at Cosatu House to discuss the implementation of the planned e-toll.

Secretary General Zwelinzima Vavi said Sanral does not have peace officers or agreements with local councils to enforce the payment of toll fees.

"[Sanral] can only use blackmail tactics to get as many people to so called 'voluntarily' go and buy [e-tags]."

He said the African National Congress (ANC) has not made a democratic decision on the tolls.

"There is no ANC conference or structure that endorsed construction of gantries in Gauteng."


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

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

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