The Congress of African Trade Unions is highly disappointed with office of the Minister of Transport and the acting DDG of that office.
It is on record that both the office of the minister and the office the acting DDG are playing delaying tactics. Since 2011 we have been promised that they are convening task team meetings to deal with the current challenges we are facing with the expensive toll gate of Swartruggens.
We have submitted memorandums since 2011. We have been at that toll gate with picketing, demonstrations, blocking the toll gate peacefully, since 2011 up to now, and we have been promised that the task team dealing with the expensive toll gate, the alternative road and the state of our roads in the NW.
We are disappointed that dates of meetings are planned and then postponed just a day before the meeting. This has happened more than ten times. It is on this basis that we must now start being unruly for the minister to act.
We are convinced that being peaceful protestors does not give government time to act on our demands. We have been very patient and respecting the office of the minister, not knowing that we are wasting our time, not knowing that we are talking to leaders who do not respect the views of our poor working class.
At our last action or protest action on 21st Feb 2014, the office of the minister made promises that they will convene the task team meeting and that the toll will not being increased until there has been a meeting with COSATU and other stake holders.
The meeting was convened for 24th March and postponed to 16th April 2014 and then postponed further to 15th April 2014 until further notice. This is clear disrespect and being undermined by our own government.
We call on all our members to take the action against the expensive toll gate seriously, as resolved in our last PSSC, that we will intensify our campaign against the e-tolling system, the expensive toll gate and labour brokers.
We are aware that we are punished for being peaceful, for being respectful to our government. We are punished for following the procedure of applying and following the Gatherings Acts.
We are now going back to the N4 road and the expensive toll gate on 25th April 2014 from 13h00 until the next day. We now demand that the minister come and explain to the masses of the poor people and the road users why she has been treating us like kids for the past four years and why she is not able to respond to our call and respond to our memorandums.
We call on all the people of the NW to start boycotting all the toll gates on the N4 road. We call on the people of Botswana who are using that toll gate almost every day that they must support us by boycotting the fees of that toll gate.
We call on all the taxi industry, all truck drivers and all farmers to bring their taxis, trucks and tractors to support our action against the expensive toll gate.
We are pleading with alliance and MDM structures to support our campaign.
For more information feel free to call COSATU NW Provincial Secretary, Solly Phetoe, on 0823044055.
Source : Congress of South African Trade Unions