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protestThe Citizen reports that the ANC in Gauteng will on Friday lead a ‘People’s March’ to the Union Buildings in Tshwane in protest against e-tolls, corruption, fuel hikes, VAT increases and other concerns that “have a direct influence on the high cost of living”.  

The march will be supported by the party’s alliance partners, namely labour federation Cosatu, the Sacp and Sanco.  Participants will gather at Burgers Park at 9am before marching to the Union Buildings where a memorandum will be handed over to President Cyril Ramaphosa.  The Democratic Alliance (DA) has labelled the march as “just another election ploy” by the ANC ahead of next year’s general elections.  Tshwane mayor and Gauteng premier candidate for the DA Solly Msimanga commented:  “If the tripartite alliance is serious about scrapping the e-tolls in Gauteng then they should put pressure on their Sacp Secretary-General and Transport Minister, Blade Nzimande, to end the e-toll contract that is due to expire in December.”  He added that the ANC-led national and Gauteng governments were “not singing from the same hymn sheet” because Finance Minister Tito Mboweni last week urged road users in Gauteng to pay their tolls so roads could be maintained, while Gauteng Premier David Makhura “a day later indicated that e-tolls have no future in Gauteng and that an alternative must be found”.

  • Read this report in full at The Citizen
  • Read too, Mboweni's 'pay our tolls' remark draws ire of Cosatu, Fedusa, at Fin24

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