Cosatu: Govt making empty threats on e-tolls

Dumisani Dakile has called on government to arrest him first because he doesn’t pay for using Gauteng roads.

FILE: A group of protesters gather outside Cosatu headquarters in Johannesburg in May 2013 after the march against e-tolls was cancelled. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says threats to prosecute motorists who refuse to pay for e-tolls are nothing more than empty statements.

The federation has announced plans to hold a mass protest on Saturday to highlight the lack of public transport in South Africa.

Cosatu's Dumisani Dakile has called on government to arrest him first because he doesn't pay for using Gauteng roads.

He says government is just making empty treats.

"If they wanted to arrest people, I would be the first to volunteer."

Dakile has cited this year's crime stats, saying police have enough on their hands dealing with an increase in murders, robberies and hijackings.

Cosatu, along with Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) and the National Taxi Association, will march to the offices of the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on Saturday as part of its anti-tolls campaign.

At the same time, Outa has labelled the e-tolling system 'brain dead' and says as a public servant, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters should think of how the system is affecting motorists.

Outa's John Clarke was among the people who attended Cosatu's briefing on their march to Sanral.