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Cosatu: Drive-slow a success

The trade union federation says it will take to the highways off Ekurhuleni on Tuesday.

A Cosatu anti-e-toll protester participates in the N12 drive-slow on 8 November 2013. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has labelled Friday's drive-slow in Gauteng as a success and vowed to mobilise more support for ongoing demonstrations against e-tolling.

The protest started in Braamfontein and about 50 cars, 30 of which were police cars escorting the demonstrators, took to the highways to demand the scrapping of the controversial multibillion rand project.

Demonstrators argue e-tolls will only serve to further impoverish the poor working class.

Cars drove at between 60 and 70 kilometres per hour along the N12 highway through the southern suburbs but traffic flowed smoothly, despite two lanes being closed off.

Police patrol as motorists march during the e-toll drive-slow. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

The trade union federation says it will take to the highways off Ekurhuleni on Tuesday for the next installment of protests.

Cosatu's Phutas Tseki says the Transport Laws and Related Matters Amendment Bill, which gives e-tolling the green light, is not constitutional.

"We were angry about the signing of the bill, that's why we said let's revive the programme. There's no way that they can implement the bill."

President Jacob Zuma signed the bill into law at the end of September, shortly before the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) lost its court bid at the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.

Outa hoped to get the project scrapped.

The alliance has since abandoned its fight, citing a lack of money.

Cosatu also demanded the Employment Tax Incentive Bill and labour brokers be scrapped.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) launched its own court bid against e-tolling on Thursday.

It said the manner in which the bill was tagged was incorrect, which made it unconstitutional.

The DA's Mmusi Maimane says the bill should have been debated at provincial level rather than in the National Assembly, adding that the court bid is part of a larger campaign.

A week ago, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) warned government it had two weeks to scrap the project, saying it would embark on a campaign of "civil disobedience and direct action to render e-tolls dysfunctional."

The newly launched party, headed by expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, described e-tolls as "un-African" and as a tool of slavery.