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Govt. and Cosatu to discuss e-tolls

Govt. and Cosatu will try and reach an agreement on e-tolls this week.

Gauteng e-toll gantry. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Government and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) will meet this week to further to discuss e-tolling.

An announcement on the implementation of e-tolls was expected on Saturday, but was put on hold for a week to allow the inter-ministerial committee and Cosatu to consider proposals currently on the table.

While Cosatu has been successful in delaying the announcement on the implementation of e-tolls, it's unlikely the trade union federation will convince government to scrap the system entirely.

Deputy President Kgalmea Motlanthe's spokesperson, Thabo Masebe, said government has always seen e-tolls as part of a mix of mechanisms to raise money.

"That remains part of the mix, that is our position as government. But we respect the view that other organisations may hold different positions."

He said the inter-ministerial committee hoped to find an amicable solution to the problem.

A full review of the e-tolls system is due to be heard in the North Gauteng High Court in six weeks' time.