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Cosatu plans more e-toll protests

Cosatu in Gauteng said it is planning protests for the end of May and in June.

FILE: Cosatu's march against e-tolls in Cape Town in March 2012. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Union (Cosatu) on Tuesday vowed to take to the highways later in May to protest against the Gauteng e-tolling system.

The trade union federation will also protest against the use of labour brokers.

Cosatu held unsuccessful talks with both the Gauteng and national government in an attempt to persuade them to ban labour brokers and scrap e-tolls.

This was after the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) said it was ready to turn on the gantries in July.

On Tuesday, Cosatu's Provincial Secretary General Dumisani Dakile announced they were mobilising members and communities for two mass demonstrations at the end of May.

He said more protests could take place in June.

"We are in discussions about what more we can do in June. It might also involve a night vigil at Sanral offices."

If the controversial system is implemented, motorists will pay at least 30 cents per kilometre to use a large stretch of provincial highways.