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EFF members march against e-tolls

Politics

Johannesburg - Traffic will be diverted in Newtown on Friday during a protest march by members of the Economic Freedom Fighters against e-tolls, Johannesburg metro police said.

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Spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said the protest would start from Mary Fitzgerald Square at 10am.

“They will proceed up Bree Street, turn right into Simmonds Street up to the office of the premier where a memorandum will be handed over,” he said.

“They will return to Mary Fitzgerald Square along Fox Street and Miriam Makeba Street. The march should be over by 1pm and we are expecting about 2 000 marchers.”

On Wednesday, the EFF in Gauteng said the implementation of e-tolling would rob Gauteng residents of their hard-earned money.

The EFF called on citizens, civil society and anyone opposed to e-tolling to reject the system, as it represented a “systematic and well planned robbery by the (President Jacob) Zuma-led African (National Congress) government”.

A legal challenge to e-tolling by the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) was dismissed by the Supreme Court of Appeal on October 9.

Outa announced on October 18 it did not have money to continue the legal fight against e-tolling. Outa's argument remained that the South African National Roads Agency Ltd and government did not conduct a proper public participation process. - Sapa

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