Cosatu: Rejecting e-tolls will help ANC

The trade union federation says the e-tolling system will cost the ANC votes in 2014.

The trade union federation says the e-tolling system cost the ANC votes in 2014. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Monday said it is doing the ANC a favour by rejecting e-tolling.

It believes the multibillion rand system could cost the ruling party votes in the 2014 General Elections.

The controversial tolls will go live at midnight, despite legal battles, fiery public hearings, protests and even threats of civil disobedience by Gauteng motorists.

A protest is planned for Tuesday morning.

Earlier on Monday, a last-ditch application brought by the Freedom Front Plus to interdict the tolls was struck off the court roll in Pretoria.

Cosatu's Patrick Craven says with just hours to go, the number of e-tags sold shows the system is unworkable and will collapse.

"It will be absolutely impossible to collect individual tolls from the millions of motorists that have not bought e-tags."

The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says 730,000 tags have been sold to date.

But the number of regular road users in Gauteng is estimated to be more than 2.5 million.

Sanral says it's ready to switch on the gantries and believes motorists will accept e-tolling.