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'Drive Slow' protest gains momentum

More motorists are joining Cosatu's 'Drive Slow' protest against the Gauteng tolling system.

Drive Slow protest gains momentum on 6 December 2012. Picture: Jacob Moshokoa/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Congress of the South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)'s 'Drive Slow' protest appears to be gaining momentum.

Dozens more vehicles have joined the protest with the M1 North in Johannesburg coming to a complete standstill.

Cosatu is demonstrating its dissatisfaction with the controversial tolling system saying it is stealing out of the pockets of the poor.

Traffic has been severely backed up in both directions near the Corlett Drive off ramp as more vehicles join the drive slow.

Earlier, a group of Cosatu members stopped their vehicles, climbed out and started singing around their cars causing traffic to standstill for a few minutes.

Traffic police have dedicated the fast and middle lane for the go-slow to allow motorists to use the slow lane to move past the convoy.

The go-slow has received tremendous support from other motorists on the opposite side of the highway, who are hooting and holding their fists up the air, as they drive past the convoy.

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Meanwhile, the protest from Katlehong is moving slowly on the N3 North.

But good news for motorists is that they have been allowed a passing lane.

Dozens of vehicles are being led by a large police contingent.

The convoy will go through the N3 onto the N12 highway and then down the R24 towards Pretoria.

Meanwhile, Cosatu has also threatened to vandalise e-toll gantries if the government does not scrap the system.

Transport Minister Ben Martins maintains the tolling system will be introduced in 2013.