'Drive Slow' to halt JHB highways
Cosatu’s ‘Drive Slow’ protest on Gauteng highways is expected to last several hours.
JOHANNESBURG - Massive traffic delays are expected on all major highways in Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni on Thursday as Cosatu holds the first ever 'Drive Slow' protests in opposition to e-tolling.
The protest should last several hours and Cosatu said it expects hundreds of cars to bring the major routes to a virtual standstill.
Today's protest follows marches in Pretoria and Johannesburg last week where hundreds of people raised their concerns about the system.
The trade union federation said the Ekurhuleni route will be the main focus of the protest which will affect the N3, N12, R21 and R24.
The federation's Dumisani Dakile said the protest was initially intended to last the whole day.
"Our intention was that we probably close these roads for 24 hours."
He said the 'Drive Slow' is the first of its kind in South Africa and intends to show government how far motorists are willing to go to fight e-tolling.
Another drive-slow was expected to take place in Pretoria, but it was cancelled because permission to protest was not obtained.
The federation union said motorists will start to gather in Whiteville, Ekurhuleni and at Cosatu House in Braamfontein from 6am.
Dakile said in Johannesburg, the N1 north and several other roads in the city centre will be affected.
"From the M1 north to west to the N1, then south on the N1 because that is where the main gantries for the e-tolls are."
Cosatu called on motorists to drive at 10 km per hour with their headlights and hazards on.
If the controversial system is implemented, Gauteng motorists will pay around 30 cents per kilometer to use the province's upgraded highways.
The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) has been at the forefront of the fight against the e-tolls.
Last week, Outa and the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) met in the North Gauteng High Court for the e-tolls judicial review.
Outa claims the public hearings into the tolls were not substantial.
Sanral, through its advocates, said Outa was misleading the public and it waited too late to act on the e-tolls.
The agency claims the project was announced several years back.
Judgment in the case has been reserved.