Drive slow protest affects Pretoria traffic

Cosatu’s drive slow against e-tolls has brought traffic in the Pretoria CBD to a standstill.

A motorist expresses his views regarding the Gauteng toll system on 11 February 2013. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The drive slow protest by Congress of the South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has brought traffic in the Pretoria central business district to a standstill.

A handful of cars branded with Cosatu placards have been moving slowly through the city, attracting the attention of pedestrians and other motorists.

The protest is now expected to head onto the N1 highway towards OR Tambo International Airport.

Cosatu has vowed to hold more demonstrations against the controversial e-tolling system until government abandoned its plans.

The trade union federation believes the implementation of the controversial system will affect the working class.

A rather small group of people dressed in red Cosatu t-shirts has been stopping at intersections to chant slogans in the middle of the road.

This has severely affected traffic in the city, compounded by the large contingent of police vehicles accompanying the protesters.

The motorcade is now travelling at a snail's pace along Walter Sisulu Street.

Protesting members have accused the ANC government of deviating from the principles of the Freedom Charter by going ahead with their plans to launch e-tolling.

In January, the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) was granted leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) against a previous judgment made by the high court.

The alliance believes taxpayers were not consulted before deciding on implementing the system.