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Cosatu happy with drive-slow turnout

Cosatu said most residents are against the e-tolls, judging by success of the drive-slow.

Cosatu’s drive-slow against the Gauteng e-tolls on the M1 north on 6 December 2012. Picture: Shain Germaner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said it was pleased with the overwhelming support from motorists participating in the drive-slow protest against e-tolling in Gauteng on Thursday.

The initiative is part of Cosatu's efforts to oppose the controversial tolling system.

E-tolling will impoverish the poor further, the trade union federation said.

Cosatu members said it was clear that Johannesburg residents were against e-tolling, judging by the growing number of vehicles joining their slow drive.

Traffic moved at a snail's pace on the N1 south as the convoy moved past the William Nicol off-ramp in northern Johannesburg.

One motorist said he would have loved to see more motorists of different races participating in the slow-drive action.

The convoy will head towards the Soweto interchange before moving onto the M1 south to the city centre.

Cosatu said it wants government to see the growing outrage against the proposed e-tolls.

Transport Minister Ben Martins is adamant that the e-tolls will be introduced in 2013.

If the controversial system is implemented, Gauteng motorists will pay some 30 cents per kilometer to use the province's upgraded highways.