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Cosatu to meet e-toll review panel

The panel was established by Gauteng Premier David Makhura to find a solution to the e-toll problem.

Gauteng e-toll gantry. Picture: EWN

JOHANNEBSURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) is expected to meet with the Gauteng e-toll review panel this morning where documents will be submitted from workers who are motivating why the multibillion rand project must be scrapped.

The review panel has been established by Premier David Makhura to find a solution to e-tolls which will suit all the concerned parties.

A few weeks ago Cosatu launched the next phase of its defiance campaign by burning e-toll bills.

Cosatu's Patrick Craven says submissions will be made today with specific examples of how the multibillion rand project has a negative impact on the people of Gauteng.

"Problems obviously include either paying the tolls and they are imposing a big financial burden on them, or taking side roads to avoid the tolls making the journey much longer and more stressful."

Cosatu will argue that people don't have to pay extra for using the highways as motorists already pay for taxes.

Craven says another issue that will be raised with the panel is a lack of consultation before going ahead with the implementation.

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