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Cosatu, Outa plan mass protest

Cosatu & Outa have announced plans for a mass protest on Saturday against e-tolls.

FILE. Cosatu & Outa have announced plans for a mass protest on Saturday against e-tolls. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) are once again supporting each other in campaigning against the controversial e-tolling system, saying government must humbly admit it's wrong and simply scrap e-tolls.

Both the organisations, including the National Taxi Association, have also announced their plans to highlight the lack of public transport in South Africa during the same protest.

Outa and Cosatu have labelled statements that motorists who don't pay their e-toll bills will be prosecuted as empty threats.

The trade union federation's Dumisani Dakile has called on government to arrest him first, because he doesn't pay for e-tolls.

"If they want to arrest people, I will be the first. Let them come, let them start with me."

Meanwhile Outa's spokesperson John Clarke says the system is brain dead.

"We want to urge Minister Dipou Peters to do the obvious thing and to switch off the artificial life support system. The e-toll system is brain dead."

The mass march is expected to pull crowds from Johannesburg, East Rand, West Rand, Sedibeng and Tshwane.