Don’t be “fooled” into buying e-tags: SAMWU

South Africans should not be “fooled” into buying e-tags, the SA Municipal Workers’ Union said on Monday.

“Fellow South Africans must join hands with unions, the general public, and civil society calling for an end to e-tolling. We must not back down as this fight is one worth fighting until the end,” Samwu spokesman Tahir Sema said in a statement.

“This union strongly believes that the pressure of the masses is crucial to forcing government to back down on this blatant extortion.”

He said Samwu aimed to make e-tolls “uncollectable”.

“If the e-tolling is implemented it will undoubtedly affect everyone –those who have cars and even those who don’t,” Sema said.

“Roads are a national asset of the country, not a source of private profit, let alone handsome profit for tenderpreneurs.”

Earlier in the month, the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) said it would begin e-tolling on Gauteng roads within the next two months.

“What we are now waiting for is the completion of the parliamentary process, half of which is already done,” Sanral spokesman Vusi Mona said in a statement at the time.

In April last year, the High Court in Pretoria granted the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) an interdict approving a full judicial review before electronic tolling could be put into effect.

The interdict prevented Sanral from levying or collecting e-tolls pending the outcome of a review. Sanral and the National Treasury appealed the court order. In September, the Constitutional Court set aside the interim order.

In December, the High Court in Pretoria dismissed Outa’s application to scrap e-tolling.

The court granted Outa leave on January 25 to take the matter to the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein. The SCA hearing will take place in September.

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Don’t be “fooled” into buying e-tags: SAMWU