Why should SANRAL fail?
I'm sitting in KZN, not even close to Gauteng and the e-tolled routes, I might not even see a e-toll station for this year or the next, hopefully. Yet, each time I hear of problems at SANRAL, or protests agains the system I feel some hope rising that I might never see an e-toll bridge in our country ever again.
Why? Why would something that has so little impact in my life, at this stage, create so much simpathy for those who have to deal with it every day?
It's not the major issue in South Africa. There are so many other problems that have effects on our lives with bigger consequences. Eskom, for instance, is part of my life every day and I feel the effect of it's price increases directly on my pocket. The platinum strikes have taken a big toll in our country. Crime and poverty need to be addressed for a long time now, education and health care problems must be sorted out immediately.
Yes surely - it would be better to argue and fight harder agains Eskom, and fuel prices - and we must. But I need electricity and I need fuel, but I surely don't need e-tolls.
This fight against SANTROLL is a protest. It's sort of a war against all the other burdens placed on me as a taxed-to-death taxpayer.
Once this government can get away with this additional "tax" and get it it to work in one area - it will not take them long to have it on all the roads and maybe more areas of my life. They must fail now! And their failure must be great - they should not event try to attempt something like this again.
They call me a troll,
moon of the earth-Hrungnir
wealth sucker of the giant,
destroyer of the storm-sun
beloved follower of the seeress,
guardian of the "nafjord"
swallower of the wheel of heaven [the sun].
What's a troll if not that?
John Lindow translation: (via Wikipedia: Troll)