Govt underestimates campaign against e-tolls: Vavi

Suspended Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) chief, Zwelinzima Vavi says that, not since 1994 has the country experienced such levels of unity across all classes in South Africa, as with the fight against e-tolls.

The South African general election of 1994 was an election held in South Africa to mark the end of apartheid.

On Wednesday (20 November) Transport Minister Dipuo Peters announced that e-tolls will commence on 3 December 2013 on Gauteng’s highways.

In September, President Jacob Zuma signed into law the Transport Laws and Related Matters Amendment Bill, giving Sanral the nod to start e-tolling in the province.

Speaking in his capacity as a “South African citizen” to Talk Radio 702, Vavi  said: “I think that they (government) are making a huge mistake, they are completely underestimating the popularity of the campaign against e-tolls.”

“This is the first ever blunder legislation, which they are now pushing down our throats, which is so unpopular. Since 1994, we have never seen levels of unity across all classes in South Africa.”

Vavi said that workers who traveled between Pretoria, Johannesburg and Soweto, risked being pushed out, along with the middle strata with their small cars, and the big business who use the highways to transport food and other necessities.

“All of them united to say that this thing (e-tolls) is going to have the most negative impact on South Africa forever,” Vavi said.

He warned that government would continue to increase the price as it does with current toll fees across the country.

“Our call to everybody will be, let’s resist; let’s refuse to register; let’s refuse to pay; let’s see if government has the capacity to arrest three million people who have been using the highways,” he said.

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Govt underestimates campaign against e-tolls: Vavi