Cosatu to intensify e-toll protests

The trade union federation outlined details of planned protests against the controversial system.

Cosatu embarks on a drive slow around the Pretoria CBD in protestation against e-tolls. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of the South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Wednesday said it would intensify its campaign to stop government from implementing the controversial Gauteng e-tolling system.

The trade union federation also outlined details of planned protests.

The first demonstration is scheduled to take place on Friday.

A number of highways around Johannesburg will be affected by the protest, including the N1, N12 and M2 freeways.

Several other affiliates, including the Congress of South African Students (Cosas), the National Taxi Forum and Bikers Against E-Tolls, have vowed to support the campaign.

The second protest will take place on May 31 on Ekurhuleni highways.

In April, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) announced that e-tolling will start in the next two months.

The agency said it was waiting for the National Council of Provinces to finalise the Transport and Related Matters Amendment Bill.

Meanwhile, the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday granted an interdict to halt the proposed N1/N2 Winelands Toll Highway Project, pending the final determination of the city's review application.

The court also ordered that Sanral hand over relevant documents to the City of Cape Town.