The Opposition to Urban Tolling has urged the public not destroy Sanral’s e-tolling equipment.
Outa made the statement after the Gauteng branch of the Economic Freedom Fighters announced that it too was opposed to the tolling project.
EFF Gauteng organiser Lufuno Gogoro reportedly said that the organisation would take its opposition a step further and be “radical and militant” in its opposition to e-tolling.
“We will be marching towards those e-tolls (and) we will be destroying them. We cannot let them remain standing because while they are speaking in the boardroom, there is nothing that we are going to achieve,” Gogoro said in an eNCA report.
Outa though is opposed to the destruction of Sanral’s property, calling instead for “legal, peaceful and constructive” protests against e-tolling.
“We believe that sufficient numbers within society will exercise their democratic rights not to purchase an eTag and will practice peaceful resistance actions and protests against the ill-conceived eToll system, in order to bring it down,” Outa chairperson Wayne Duvenage said in a statement.
“Our new constitutional democracy must be supported and we should not seek solutions to problems by means of violence or destruction of property, however, if Government continues to ignore the clear rejections from the cross section of society on the e-toll matter, we warn that some frustrated elements within society may not wish to follow a democratic process.
“This warning was clearly spelled out during the November 2012 public exemption and tariff hearings, attended by Sanral and the Department of Transport and Treasury, at which some members of the public expressly vowed to destroy and burn the eToll gantries,” Duvenage said.
Duvenage though was hopeful that Transport Minister Dipuo Peters would reconsider the tolling project, considering the widespread opposition to it.