Cosatu want e-toll gantries demolished

Cosatu say they will ask the Dept of Housing to demolish e-toll gantries in Gauteng.

FILE PICTURE: A protester holds up a placard voicing their message against e-tolling. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) is planning to take to the streets on Friday in protest against e-tolls in Gauteng.

It's being reported on Thursday morning that the federation is threatening to demolish e-toll gantries on the highways.

Reports indicate Cosatu intend bringing Johannesburg and Pretoria to a standstill ahead of further protests next week.

But Cosatu's Dumisani Dakile has dismissed these reports and said the intention is only to ask for the gantries to be destroyed.

"We will ask the Dept of Housing and Local Government to demolish the tolls like how they demolished homes in Lenasia."

Meanwhile, the judge hearing the e-tolling case has promised to work as fast as he can to reach a verdict, but hasn't given a date for when the ruling will be handed down.

The North Gauteng High Court has heard three days of arguments in a judicial review of the multi-billion rand project this week.

The hearing became heated at times with the judge was accused of being biased and calls for a senior advocate to be effectively fined for making unsubstantiated claims.

Judge Louis Vorster has now been left to weigh up two dramatically different sides of an argument and to rule on the future of e-tolling.

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) said South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) kept millions of people in the dark and failed to carry out meaningful consultation with the public.

The roads agency argued it did just that and showed the court a trail of media reports to prove its point.

It's taken exception of being accused of deliberate deceit and went as far as asking the court to impose punitive costs on OUTA or its lawyer.

Both sides said they were confident of victory.