Cosatu drive-slow underway

Over 40 cars are taking part in the go-slow against the controversial e-tolling in Pretoria.

Cosatu's drive-slow against e-tolls on Joburg's east rand on 31 May 2013. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

PRETORIA - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has again taken its fight against urban tolling onto Gauteng's roads.

The trade union federation is leading a go-slow in Pretoria on the N1 Highway.

The union's Putas Tseki says they expect more motorists to join the demonstration.

"There are now more than 40 cars that are taking part. We believe that we will get more than 200 cars as the day progresses."

Meanwhile, the Opposition To Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) has been involved in a lengthy court battle with South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) about e-tolling.

Churches have also voiced their opposition to e-tolls as they believe they will have a negative impact on the working class.

In May, Outa appealed to the public for funding for the court case. It has since received funds from the public and the Democratic Alliance (DA).

Outa believes it has a strong case and has vowed to continue fighting the implementation of the controversial system.

The Supreme Court of Appeal will hear the matter in September.

Sanral maintains the implementation of e-tolling is imminent.