Cosatu opposes WC tolls

Although both Cosatu and the DA are opposing the new WC tolls, their bids remain separate.

A limousine drives past a toll gantry along the N12 highway. A similar toll will be stup on the N1-N2 Winelands highway. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

CAPE TOWN - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has broken its silence on the controversial N1-N2 Winelands toll highway project.

The trade union federation in the Western Cape will be launching a campaign to oppose the initiative.

But this will be a separate campaign to that of the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the City of Cape Town, who have taken the matter to court.

Cosatu has remained quiet over the N1-N2 Winelands toll highway project for weeks following the City of Cape Town's announcement it's taking the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to court to try and stop tolling in the Western Cape.

But Cosatu's Tony Ehrenreich came out saying they're opposed to tolling the Cape.

"We're opposed to the co-modification, payment for the building and maintenance of those roads. This is a national position."

He said however they are worried tolling is being used by the DA as an election tool.

He added the city is wasting crucial money on pointless court action and said there is a better alternative to tolling the Cape.

Cosatu said taxing the rich is a better option to pay for road upgrades.