Anti e-toll protesters hand over memorandum
Motorists and bikers have taken part in a drive slow to Sanral’s head offices in Pretoria.
JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng motorists opposed to the e-tolls system have handed over a memorandum of demands to Sanral.
Motorists and bikers opposed to the controversial multi-billion rand project started off on Saturday morning with a drive slow campaign to the roads agency's head offices in Pretoria.
The controversial system went live on 3 December after months of legal wrangling, protests and calls for civil disobedience.
Anti-e-tolls protesters took their message straight to Sanral's doorstep where a memorandum was read out by Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) Gauteng Secretary Dumisani Dakile.
He demanded a response from the roads agency within seven days.
"There must be a proper investigation on the building of these roads, because the amount of money spent on these roads is over and above what international standards are by more than 100 percent."
A representative of Sanral accepted the memorandum.
Earlier today anti-e-toll protesters set their unpaid e-toll bills alight in front of Sanral's offices and a mock up white coffin with the remains of burnt e-toll bills was placed at the main entrance.
Motorists say it's time the roads agency accepts that the system has failed.
At the Gauteng e-tolls assessment panel last week the African National Congress in Gauteng denounced any civil disobedience campaign against e-tolls.
Cosatu said on Thursday threats to prosecute motorists who refuse to pay for e-tolls are nothing more than empty statements.
Some of the reaction on Twitter:
Working from my office I can hear outside shouting of the slogans by gathering protestors: DOWN DOWN ETOLLS!
- Zwelinzima Vavi (@Zwelinzima1) October 18, 2014
Like most in Gauteng, I'm never gonna pay #eTolls. Sanral, who elected you?
- Cruella De Vil (@kaysexwale) October 14, 2014
- Horisani Sithole (@horisanie) October 18, 2014
- Pabi Moloi (@PabiMoloi) October 18, 2014