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Cosatu ready to begin drive slow

Cosatu will on Monday morning begin its drive slow in protest against the implementation of e-tolls.

Protestors in their vehicles and police escourts gather in Pretoria ahead of Cosatu's drive slow on 11 February 2013. Picture: Theo Nkonki/EWN

PRETORIA - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) will take to the streets of Gauteng on Monday in protest against the implementation of e-tolls.

It plans to shut down major roads in Pretoria and Johannesburg, and has urged motorists to join in on the action.

The trade union federation is expected to begin its drive slow from the Pretoria CBD at around 7am.

The convoy will then go onto the N1 Highway, and is expected to make its way back to Pretoria using the R21 road.

Johannesburg protesters will continue their drive slow along the N1 Highway before dispersing at Cosatu House in Braamfontein.

The trade union federation hopes to have at least 100 cars join its protest, as it is a weekday and most of its members will be at work.

The Gauteng Provincial Secretary for Cosatu, Dumisani Dakile, has called on the public not just to hoot in support of their planned drive slow, but to join them.

PARALLEL PROCESSES UNDERWAY

E-tolling has been given the green light to launch, but the Transport Department agreed to wait until a bill governing the collection of fees is passed.

Parliament resumes this week, after which the transport committee will need to meet.

From there the bill heads back to the National Assembly, then to the National Council of Provinces, before going to the President.

A parallel legal challenge by the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) is also underway, and is on the desk of the Supreme Court of Appeal.

In January, the North Gauteng High Court granted the alliance leave to appeal its earlier judgment, which went in favour of government and the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral).

When implemented, Gauteng motorists with e-tags will pay up to 30 cents per kilometre or a maximum of R550 a month to use the province's highways.

Revenue from the controversial system will payoff a 2007 debt incurred by Sanral to build the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project.

ROUTES AFFECTED DURING THE DRIVE SLOW

  • Struben Street

  • Sisulu Street

  • Francis Bard Street

  • Koeksister Crossing

  • R21 off ramp

  • Nelmapius Drive

  • Nelson Mandela Drive

  • Van Der Walt Street

  • Johannes Ramokhoase Street

  • N4 highway

  • N1highway (south)