But Makhura disagreed when asked if there were mixed messages from the governing party and government. “Government tends to take positions based on a whole range of issues. That’s why we as the ANC are taking up this matter as the ANC structures with our [country’s] president.”
About 1‚500 members of the ANC‚ Cosatu‚ the SACP‚ the South African National Civics Organisation (Sanco) and others marched from Burgers Park to the seat of government.
Energy minister Jeff Radebe accepted the memorandum on behalf of the government. The memo also asked for data costs to drop‚ no further VAT increases and the halting fuel prices hikes.
“As a listening president‚ as a listening organisation‚ as a listening government‚ we will ensure that we address these issues‚” he said.
Templeton Gantle‚ 50‚ from Tembisa‚ said that South Africans got nothing from e-tolls.
“I am so happy to see people being mobilised here against e-tolls because we are against this. We don’t want it as the people of South Africa. We don’t need it. We don’t want it here because get nothing from it.”
Thandi Nhleko‚ 59‚ from Soweto‚ said rising fuel prices and e-tolls were impoverishing her.
“I can’t cut anything (in costs) because I’m unemployed. I don’t get any money… I’ve got children who are still in school. I can’t support them. I’ve got a big challenge.”
Olivia Masinga from Phumla Mqashi‚ south of Johannesburg‚ also called for e-tolls to be scrapped and asked for better service delivery. “We need a street. We don’t have a road where we live.”