Cosatu threatens to intensify e-toll protests
Cosatu has promised to increase action if Sanral doesn’t respond to their demands.
JOHANNESBURG - Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has threatened to intensify its anti-e-tolls protests if South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) doesn't respond positively to its demands.
A memorandum was handed over during a protest outside Sanral's head offices in Pretoria yesterday.
Bikers, motorists and taxi drivers gathered outside the road agency's offices where they torched their unpaid e-toll bills.
Cosatu's Dumisani Dakile had strong words for Sanral's Vusi Mona, shortly after calling Transport Minister Dipuo Peters arrogant.
"Mona must stop being a liar and respond to these issues."
A white mock up coffin with the words 'e-tolls rest in peace' written on it was burned to pieces.
Dakile has threatened to increase such action if the roads agency doesn't respond to their demands.
"We will come here next time and it won't be as peaceful as today, we mean business."
Meanwhile, a Sanral representative told protesters that their demands including an investigation into corruption in the system will be taken seriously by Chief Executive Officer Nazir Ali.
Dakile argued the project has had an enormous financial impact on the province's economy and on the poor.
The controversial system went live on 3 December after months of legal wrangling, protests and calls for civil disobedience.