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Cosatu 'shocked' by pending e-toll announcement

Cosatu is encouraging Gauteng motorists not to buy e-tags, even if the project is implemented.

Tolls sign. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Wednesday said it is shocked and baffled by government's decision to announce the e-toll implementation date on Friday.

The union federation also called on Gauteng motorists not to buy e-tags.

In September, the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg overturned an order handed down by the North Gauteng High Court preventing the rollout of the controversial project.

The top court said the e-tolls could be implemented, pending a full judicial review of the system set to take place in November.

Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven said the union was shocked by the latest developments.

He said Cosatu was meeting with government on Friday to discuss the issue.

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) said it will continue discussions with the inter-ministerial committee on e-tolls, despite government's plans to push ahead.

The committee said it was satisfied that the interested parties agreed on the "user-pay" principle and that the project should go ahead as soon as possible.

Gauteng motorists will have to fork out at least 30 cents per kilometre to use a large part of the province's highways.