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COSATU NW back to the Swartruggens toll gate

13 July 2012

The Congress of South African Trade Unions with its affiliates is going back to the toll gate today, Friday13 July 2012, as part of our commitment to the masses of our poor working class to march, picket and demonstrate at the toll gate every two weeks until we get what the poor people want as per the memorandums submitted.

We are going back to the toll gate with our members and the support of the communities to demand our response from the MEC of transport in the NW. We will also hand over another memorandum to the minister of transport and the Sanral CEO on the same matter that is killing our poor communities in the NW.

It is about time that government takes us serious. We have been very patient for too long. Government must not think that we are unaware of their delaying tricks. We are very clear that they are playing games, hoping that we will forget about these criminals who are stealing from the poor.

The toll gate of Swartruggens is stealing from the poor and that is not going to be allowed by the federation. It has taken a lot of our money for ten years. That is much too long, and they have managed to get the money back.

We are calling all motorists on 13 July 2012 not to use the N4 road from 13h00 to 18h00. We call on those who are with us in fighting this criminality to join us on that day, as will be using our cars to close the road and then handing over the memorandum at 15h00.

Our action will be starting from 12h00 until 18h00, when we will be completing our programme of action for the day. This is part of our programme of fighting against e-tolling, the labour brokers in our country, and to save our poor working class from criminals and corruption.

All workers, all motorists, all communities, all media in the NW are requested to support our campaign.

It is must be made very clear that if the owners of the toll gate are not prepared to decrease the fee from R71 to R20, 00 as per the COSATU position, then the toll gate must be removed from our public road.

We have been on the street for some time, with no positive action. We must now take action as workers of this province.

For more information feel free to call COSATU NW Provincial Secretary, Solly Phetoe, [0823044055]