Another Cosatu drive-slow today

Cosatu says today's protest is also being held in preparation of a mass withdrawal of labour this week.

Police patrol as motorists march during an e-toll drive-slow on 8 November 2013. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says today's planned drive-slow in opposition to e-tolling is also being held in preparation for a mass withdrawal of labour this week.

Cosatu also plans to ask all its members in Gauteng not to go to work on Thursday as it intensifies its campaign against e-tolling.

The union federation's Gauteng Provincial Secretary Phutas Tseki says they remain hopeful government will change its mind and switch off the gantries.

"The drive-slow shows our disappointment in government for signing the bill into law and we believe our government still has the potential to reverse that action because the majority of the people are against what government is doing."

Tseki says they're expecting about 50 vehicles to participate in the drive-slow.

Today's drive-slow is also in opposition to labour brokers and the Employment Tax Incentive Bill.

The federation held a drive-slow on Johannesburg's M1 highway on Friday which slowed traffic and caused congestion for around five hours.

Cosatu labelled the drive-slow a success and vowed to mobilise more support for ongoing demonstrations against e-tolling.

President Jacob Zuma signed the e-tolling 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 was attempting to get the project scrapped.

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

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

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

The DA's Mmusi Maimane said 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.

The drive-slow will begin at 9am on the N3 near Katlehong and make its way on the R24, R21 and then take the Olifansfontein offramp and make its way back to the starting point.