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E-toll march underway

Unionists and motorists in both Johannesburg & Pretoria are marching against the e-toll system.

Cosatu members gather in central JHB as they prepare to march over the controversial e-tolls. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG/PRETORIA - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)'s march against e-tolling has kicked off in the Johannesburg city centre.

Around 400 people are marching to the Transport Department where they will hand over a memorandum on Friday.

A large police contingent is keeping an eye on demonstrators.

Some shop owners have even closed their shops

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA)'s Wayne Duvenage is also present.

He said Friday's mass action will strengthen their case to have the system scrapped.

"Any public gathering speaking out against e-tolling adds to the tsunami that is building up against e-tolling."

Cosatu will hand over a memorandum to a representative from the department.

Union leaders will also address the crowd.

PRETORIA MARCH

Several hundred demonstrators are also making their way to the Department of Transport and National Treasury in Pretoria.

'Down with e-tolls' is the rally call in Pretoria today.

While the crowd is mostly made up of unionists, many motorists angered at having to pay toll fees have shown their support as well.

People have also complained that the tolls will force a hike in taxi fares and food prices.