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COSATU NW goes back to the Swartruggens toll gate

21 June 2012

The Congress of South African Trade Unions in the North West goes back to the toll gate on 22 June 2012 to demand a full response from the MEC of Public Works, Roads and Transport.

The action will be in the form of a march from both sides of the Swartruggens and Groot Marico from 12h00 to 17h00.

COSATU presented two memorandums to the MEC and two to Bakwena today but neither of them responded. The MEC made a public statement during the last march when he was receiving the second memorandum that government is investigating the matter and that it will respond to the federation within the time, as it was the second memorandum from the poor working class.

He also went further in the media to say that as government they support the demand of the poor workers, poor communities and the motorists that the same toll gate is stealing from the poor and must be reduced to the level that can be accepted by the poor.

We call on our members, the communities, motorists and all people of the NW to support our action, which must benefits all the public and the road users.

We are also requesting the motorists to support us with their cars, also to be there. The demand will be achieved if all of us who are affected are there in numbers or as many as we can.

We want to warn that the attitude of the municipality of Kgethleng that the application under the Gatherings Act was submitted on 13 June 2012, yet up to today they have not convened any meeting to do planning as per the act. They must know that with or without permission our action is on from our side.

The municipality’s relationship with Bakwena at the expense of the public and the road users will not stop us fighting for our rights. We will fight until the real information is exposed.

The fight against the toll gate and labour brokers will be on our agenda for life until our members are free from exploitation.

For information call the NW provincial secretary of the federation, Solly Nani Phetoe [0823044055]