Zuma's e-tolls move: How to alienate friends and reward political opponents
The announcement that President Jacob Zuma had signed the Transport Laws and Related Matters Amendment Act into law seems to have caught everyone by surprise. People in the leadership of the ANC and Cosatu were as amazed as the public and civil society organisations opposed to e-tolling by the bombshell announcement. For the Democratic Alliance, it is manna from heaven for their campaign to win control of Gauteng in the 2014 elections.
They have been trying really hard to convince everyone that all is well in Cosatu since the indefatigable Zwelinzima Vavi was put on special leave and that under their watch, relations with their allies in the ANC and SACP have improved. Despite a boycott from Vavi’s supporters at an alliance summit a few weeks ago, they claimed that it was a highly successful meeting where all Cosatu’s grievances were put on the table and given a fair hearing.
At a media briefing at the close of the summit, Ntshalintshali said Cosatu was happy with the outcome as all alliance partners were able to listen to one another’s concerns, and that improved relations in the alliance meant that they could now work through issues of contention. Just a few days later, that all sounds like a load of hooey.
Clearly Cosatu’s objections to e-tolling was not taken seriously enough or President Jacob Zuma would not have signed the legislation permitting the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to implement of the user-pay system on Gauteng freeways. Daily Maverick understands that Cosatu delegates raised the e-tolls issue both in the commissions and in the plenary session of the alliance summit but no indication was given that it was close to becoming law.
The e-tolls issue was not mentioned in the summit declaration.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Daily MaverickSimilar Stories