Anti-e-toll protesters “man-handled”

JPSA has condemned an incident where Sanral employees allegedly “man-handled” peaceful protesters picketing outside the N1 Beyers Naude customer service centre.

July 4, 2014
No e-toll protest

Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) has condemned an incident where Sanral employees allegedly “man-handled” peaceful protesters picketing outside the N1 Beyers Naude customer service centre.

The incident took place on Friday morning, JPSA said, when a small group of anti e-toll protesters gathered outside the centre to take a photograph of themselves holding the banner that they had been displaying on the bridge over the N1 freeway earlier.

“Suddenly and without warning, a group of Sanral employees came storming out of the building and started grabbing at the banner, pushing protesters around and shouting at them that they are ‘not allowed to do that’ outside Sanral’s premises,” the group said.

The Sanral employees allegedly “pushed protesters, manhandled women and grabbed at their banner in a short scuffle that broke out and this led to an exchange of angry words”.

JPSA head, Howard Dembovsky noted Section 17 of the Constitution which states that “Everyone has the right, peacefully and unarmed, to assemble, to demonstrate, to picket and to present petitions” and it is not necessary for small groups of persons to “apply for permission” to exercise their constitutional right to picket.

The group condemned the action, while two of the protesters have laid charges of common assault against the people concerned.

“No-one, including Sanral employees, has the right to take the law into their own hands and should they have wished to disperse the protesters, all they had to do was call the police,” it said.

More on e-tolls

Sanral breaks silence over e-toll review

ANC vote losses behind e-tolls review: report

Government may scrap e-tolls: report

 

Tags: Active, e-Toll, JPSA, protest

Free Email Newsletter:
Subscribe

Shutterstock is the image partner of MyBroadband – technology images can be found here

Join the conversation

Connect with MyBB

twitterfacebookandroidappleblackberrynewsletterfeed

Poll

Are you working over the festive season?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

More News

Eskom’s R1.4 billion lunch bill

Eskom

According to reports, Eskom has awarded two catering contracts to the tune of R1.4 billion to ensure Medupi and Kusile workers are fed

SABC jokes not so funny to staff

SABC logo TV screens

Ellen Tshabalala may have gone on her way, but employees face more pressing problems.

Your personal privacy is eroding

Privacy

Personal privacy is eroding as consent policies of Google and Facebook evoke ‘fantasy world’

BlackBerry and Boeing to make self-destructing smartphone

BlackBerry Passport back

BlackBerry Ltd is working with Boeing Co on Boeing’s high-security Android-based smartphone

Free MyBroadband Newsletter:
Subscribe
X
bool(true)