Cosatu: Burn your e-toll bills

The trade union federation plans to hold a burning ceremony outside Sanral’s headquarters.

People burn their e-toll bills at an event to launch the next phase of Cosatu’s defiance campaign against the collection system, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, 24 July 2014. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Thursday said it would burn e-toll bills outside the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral)'s offices.

The federation says it's not concerned with the legality of its latest anti-tolling campaign as it views the entire system as illegal and unjust.

Cosatu announced it would start advising its members to burn their e-toll bills.

The move is being supported by the National Taxi Alliance (NTA).

Taxi drivers claim they have been billed between R20,000 and R60,000 for using Gauteng freeways, despite being promised an exemption from the system.

Gauteng Cosatu Secretary Dumisani Dakile says defiance is the next phase of their opposition to the controversial system.

"We are calling upon all of our people to continue to fight the system and those who receive the bills must burn them," he said. "Whether it is legal or not, it doesn't matter to us now. We are on a defiance campaign."

Dakile says Cosatu intends taking thousands of bills collected from across Gauteng to Sanral's head office where they will be set alight.

"We'll be convening a big burning ceremony for the public," he announced.

NTA spokesperson Theo Malele said the campaign was supported by associations across the province.

"The entire alliance has put its weight behind our resistance to this draconian revenue collection system."

The strategy has also been supported by the South African Council of Churches and the National Association of School Governing Bodies.