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COSATU NW intensifies its action against Swartruggens toll plaza

23 May 2012

The Congress of South African Trade Unions in the North West province is continuing with its mass action against the most expensive toll gate in the country.

When COSATU was at the toll gate on 11 May 2012 we made a promise that we will come back every two weeks if our demands are not met. As part of that promise COSATU will go back to the toll gate on 25th May 2012 and this time it will be in a form of a motorcade.

These is part of our mass actions in the province to take our program off the ground, fighting against e-tolling which includes the Swartruggens tollgate which is the most expensive in SA, and the fight against the labour brokers.

Members of COSATU will assemble in the Swartruggens town with all their vehicles and from there they will make a procession to the tollgate which will start from the Koster junction to the toll gate and driving back.

As COSATU this is one form of displaying our dissatisfaction on the price of the tollgate and the poor quality of the road which continues to deteriorate.

COSATU invites all the motorists who are affected by this tollgate to join us as we protest.

The action will take place on Friday 25th May 2012 from 12h00 to 18h00 and will start in the Swartruggens town as mentioned above

COSATU still maintains its demand that the toll fee must be reduced to R20 and we would also like to take this opportunity to make motorists aware that the R71 they pay is for 190 kilometres irrespective of your destination and there are no discounts for frequent users and public transport operators.

As COSATU we believe that it is unfair for motorists who are not using the full 190 kilometres to pay the R71.00 and this has been going on for the past ten years.

We are calling on all taxi and truck drivers to come in numbers; this time we will block the traffic in totality for five hours. Please, if you are not supporting our call, do not use the N4 road on that date.

For more information contact Solly Phetoe, COSATU North West Provincial Secretary, at 082 304 4055