JOHANNESBURG: THE Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has expressed concern over reports that the high speed Gautrain was gobbling a whopping R84 million a month in order to keep running.
COSATU bemoaned this was burdening the already heavily taxed taxpayers, whom it said were struggling to ends meet unlike the rich elite.
COSATU General Secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, condemned such spending.
“This project and does nothing for those who really suffer from transport problems – above all, commuters from places like Soweto and Diepsloot. Instead, it takes away resources that could be used to improve the lives of millions of commuters,” he argued.
“The new investments must benefit the majority of our people, in both the cities and rural areas, not just a small elite.
“We cannot, as a country, spend billions on transport for the rich, while ordinary people continue to suffer for hours each day on overcrowded and risky taxis, buses and trains,” Vavi said.
Union spokesman, Patrick Craven, said COSATU would fight for the scrapping of the Gautrain and e-tolling, which he said imposed huge financial burdens on Gauteng motorists.
“What the federation objects to most is that e-tolling is a form of privatisation, turning a public asset – our highways – into a commodity for raising money,” said Craven.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY