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Cosatu e-toll protests will continue

Cosatu says protests against the controversial tolling system will go ahead despite political tension.

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 - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said on Friday its protests against e-tolling will continue despite political tension over the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s controversial donation to the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA).

The DA on Friday pledged R1 million to help OUTA take on The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) at the Supreme Court of Appeal in late September.

Sanral said OUTA is nothing more than a front from the DA but Cosatu, the DA and OUTA have all denied this.

Cosatu's Patrick Craven said while the DA's donation is opportunistic, the fight against e-tolling is far too important.

"Protests on the highways are scheduled for 24 June in Johannesburg, 2 July in Tshwane and then there'll be a big march on 5 July at a venue that's still to be confirmed."

OUTA's Wayne Duvenage said half a million rand in cash in donations has streamed in from the public since the appeal for help was made.

Meanwhile, the DA has defended itself against claims that it's out to score votes ahead of next year's elections.