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Toll protest will be effective says Cosatu

The series of "drive-slow protests" against e-tolls will eventually ensure the system is scrapped, Cosatu Gauteng provincial secretary Dumisani Dakile claimed on Monday (11 February).
He told protesters in Pretoria that despite the poor attendance at the protest, a clear message of resistance would be sent to government.

"This action is going to be very effective. Here, we are not concerned about quantity, but quality," said Dakile.

"We are going to be driving very slowly. There is no rush today in South Africa. The main target today is the N4, R21, and the N1 [highways]," he said.

The protest convoy, accompanied by different police units, caused massive congestion in Pretoria as protesters blocked busy intersections, such as the corner of Nelson Mandela Drive and Francis Baard Street.

The protest gathered momentum before 10am as the drive-slow fleet headed from Marabastad, to the outskirts of Pretoria. The protesters got out of their vehicles at the transport department offices, along Struben Street, and started singing, dancing, blowing vuvuzelas and waving placards.

Some of the placards read: Stop highway robbery, smash the e-tolls. Others read, Reclaim our nation's roads, demolish e-tolls, not people's houses.

Source: Sapa via I-Net Bridge


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