- Posted December 4, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Johannesburg: South Africa’s powerhouse
e-gatvol in Gauteng.
It's surprising how a hugely unpopular highway toll system (which requires a user to fit an 'e-tag' to their vehicle to process payments) has virtually all sectors of business and socio-economic groupings in the gateway to Africa gatvol (an Afrikaans colloquial slang word meaning 'have reached the end of my tether/patience), and united in their refusal to abide by the law and are finally acting like a committed people in a united cause. The vibe feels like 1994 again. With elections scheduled in April next year (the ruling party the African National Congress, ANC, is in favour of tolling and this controversial and emotive issue might just be the catalyst for some shifting voting behaviour, for once based on pros and cons rather than nostalgic motives. Right now, I kind of feel like a freedom fighter (no, not a member of EFF) riding the highways (their name used to be Freeways, no jokes) without registering or paying.