If they want an e-tag, show them a red beret: Malema

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema said that e-tolls are failing the people, urging his followers not to buy e-tags.

“EFF in Gauteng, you are going to fight against e-tolls,” said Malema at the launch of the EFF party in Marikana. “If you allow the e-tolls to continue, you must know you have failed our people”.

“None of you economic freedom fighters must buy an e-tag. Every day in your car you must keep your red beret. When they want an e-tag, you must show them a red beret,” said Malema.

Last week president Jacob Zuma’s executive called on the people of Gauteng to abide by the law and show good citizenship by registering for e-tags and paying for use of the world class roads.

Zuma’s signing of the Transport Laws and Related Matters Amendment Bill into law two weeks ago saw a groundswell of opposition and calls for civil disobedience from political parties, trade unions and civil society groups, who have been calling on motorists not to buy e-tags.

Asked repeatedly by journalists whether the government had any emergency plans to deal with such a scenario, Williams responded by saying that the government had faith the public would abide by the law.

“What we are saying is that as South Africans, we have come a long way in making South Africa a better place. And I think South Africans have a history of being law-abiding citizens,” she said.

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