“I will not pay for e-tolls”

Thousands of motorcyclists protested against e-tolls in Johannesburg on Saturday to voice their unhappiness with the controversial system

The go-slow protest started in Wemmer Pan Road, Rosettenville, and proceeded to Oak Street, the N12 and then the N1.

The bikers who were interviewed made it clear that they will not support the system, and many said that they will not pay for e-tolls.

Social media platforms like Twitter were awash with support for the protest, which included high profile celebrities like Mark Pilgrim.

“I’m standing in solidarity alongside 1000s of bikers on JHB freeways today doing a go-slow, protesting against eTolling,” Pilgrim said on Twitter.

In a press statement on Thursday the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) said that Sanral must start to realize that its aggressive and threatening approach to the citizens of this country is doing them no favours.

“Even those who have fitted e-tags have done so begrudgingly and out of fear of Sanral’s incriminating threats, which are now being met with heightened resistance,” Outa said.

The ongoing resistance to e-tolling may make Sanral chairperson Tembakazi Mnyaka think twice about her statement in November: “When e-tolling kicks in, you will be surprised at how little your pocket has been affected — and wonder what the fuss and noise was all about”.

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