Cosatu calls for e-toll resistance

Cosatu has declared the day e-tolls were launched in Gauteng as 'Black Tuesday'.

Cosatu's e-tag de-registration form.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has declared today as 'Black Tuesday', saying government has refused to listen to its citizens who are opposed to e-tolling.

The controversial system went live at midnight and Gauteng motorists are now paying to use certain highways in the province.

The trade union federation's Provincial Secretary Dumisani Dakile says today will go down in history as a turning point for South Africa.

Dakile says the federation will continue fighting for the system to be scrapped by campaigning on the freeways, taking part in hunger strikes and lunch time demonstrations.

Cosatu says the African National Congress (ANC) will regret losing voters in Gauteng by going ahead with this system.

It says members of the public must stay defiant and sign their e-tag deregistration form, where they can declare that they won't cooperate with the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral).

Meanwhile, Sanral CEO Nazir Alli says 83 percent of the province's freeway users won't pay more than R100 a month for tolling if they buy an e-tag.

Alli addressed a road safety forum in Midrand earlier today and called on South Africans to respect the country's democracy and pay to use the roads.

He also says research shows one percent of motorists will reach the monthly cap due to excessive use of the roads.

"0.6 percent out of 2.5 million road users will be reaching that cap of R450."

But Alli was unable to say how much it would cost road users who refused to buy e-tags.