Stop the highway robbery - Cosatu

Around 300 vehicles took to the highways of Ekurhuleni on Friday for Cosatu’s drive-slow campaign.

Cosatu members prepare for the drive-slow protest on 31 May 2013 by attaching anti-e-toll banners onto their cars. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Around 300 vehicles took to the highways of Ekurhuleni on Friday for Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)'s drive-slow campaign against Gauteng e-tolling.

The trade union federation called on South Africans to stop the "highway robbery".

Some protesters said they would not give up the fight and warned government to expect more disruptive demonstrations.

"It's a total rip-off and it's just enriching the rich. It is taking money out of the pockets of the poor."

Another protester said, "We are saying the government must destroy the e-tolls."

According to another Cosatu protester, the working class would not be able to keep up with the cost of using the roads.

"We struggling along with our families and whatever we get is from hand to mouth. We cannot afford e-tolling."

Friday's protest began with a few participants, but eventually picked up as it made its way to OR Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park.

The low turnout could be due to confusion over the meeting point of the drive slow and problems with applying for the right to protest.

Cosatu is planning to resume protests on June 10, when protesters take to the Johannesburg central business district (CBD).