Motorists support Cosatu's drive slow

Protesting Cosatu members were greeted by hooters and cheers from motorists and bystanders.

Gauteng motorists taking part in a drive slow against etolls on 11 February 2013. Picture: Theo Nkonki/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Protesting Congress of the South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) members are receiving significant support from motorists as they continue their drive slow against the launch of the controversial Gauteng e-tolling system.

The convoy has been on the road for almost six hours now and Cosatu is warning the demonstration is just one of many to come.

The drive slow is now moving through Hartfield towards the N4 highway, leaving massive congestion in its wake.

This as cars continue to travel at less than 10 kilometres per hour.

Earlier, traffic came to a standstill as protesters stopped on the side of the road to chant and sing in the Pretoria central business district.

Throughout the day, demonstrators have been greeted by hooters and cheers from other motorists and bystanders.

They are expected to drive to the N1 and then join the R21 near the OR Tambo International Airport, where they will then make their way back.

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

Protesters have accused the ANC government of deviating from the principles of the Freedom Charter by going ahead with the controversial system.

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 North Gauteng High Court.

The alliance has been fighting for the e-tolls to be scrapped.

Under the controversial project, motorists with e-tags will pay 30 cents per kilometre to use a large stretch of the province's highways.