Cosatu Gauteng secretary Dumisani Dakile. Picture: SOWETAN
Cosatu Gauteng secretary Dumisani Dakile. Picture: SOWETAN

THE Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has vowed to take to Gauteng’s highways later this month and shut them down to protest against e-tolling and labour brokers.

The union federation had held discussions with both the Gauteng and national governments in an attempt to persuade them to ban labour brokers and scrap e-tolls, Cosatu Gauteng secretary Dumisani Dakile said on Tuesday.

"We have also had discussions with the African National Congress (ANC) in an attempt to deal with these two central issues, and these discussions have not yielded any positive outcomes thus far."

He said many members of the ANC in government as well as members of society supported Cosatu in its campaign on these two issues.

"We thought the matters would have been resolved by now," Mr Dakile said.

"We have then resolved to engage in a two-day action as part of the ongoing campaigns to demand the banning of labour brokers and also the scrapping of the e-toll."

The first march, on May 24 in Johannesburg, would affect the M1, N1, N12 and M2 highways.

The second would tale place in Ekurhuleni on May 31, on the N3, N12 and R21.

"We are busy mobilising the community and various community organisations to be part of the action."

Further details would be announced at a press briefing on May 22.

"Our intention is to shut down the freeways on these dates and that’s what we are prepared to do."

He said that in previous marches on the highways some lanes were left open for cars to pass, but this would not be the case during the upcoming marches.

"Our intention is to have a total shutdown."

Mr Dakile said Cosatu also planned various protests in June. A night vigil might be held at the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) office.

Sapa