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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Gauteng Freeway Shutdown 25 April 2012 Hoax?


Picture Credit: latimesblogs.latimes.com

I’ve just received an e-mail warning that major freeways around Johannesburg and Pretoria will be deliberately blocked by trucking and logistics companies on 25th April 2012 as a protest against the government's Sanral Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP).

The website Hoax-Slayer reckons this is an unsubstantiated hoax. Although this blog has always avoided adding fuel to the flames, and goes to the trouble of checking facts first before publishing anything, it is my opinion that there may be some truth in this warning as COSATU has scheduled a mass action for Monday, 30th April 2010.

They’ve called it, “the mother of all protests on the 30th April 2012.” But, in the same sentence they’ve also stated that the action will begin on Wednesday this week. That is TOMORROW - 25 APRIL 2012. The statement was issued by Tahir Sema, COSATU’s Publicity Officer. Click here for more details.

It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if it was COSATU themselves who started the chain-mail!

For what it’s worth, here is the message (all in caps) that is currently in circulation:

MASS SHUTDOWN OF THE GAUTENG FREEWAYS IS HAPPENING ON WEDNESDAY 25TH APRIL 2012. LARGE TRUCKING AND LOGISTICS COMPANIES ARE PLANNING TO BLOCK OFF ALL MAJOR INTERSECTIONS AROUND GAUTENG. BOTH DIRECTIONS WILL BE AFFECTED. THE COMPANIES' AIM IS TO SHUT DOWN GAUTENG FOR THE DAY, THUS CREATING HOURS OF TRAFFIC BACKLOGS AND BILLIONS OF RANDS IN LOSSES. THIS, THEY HOPE, WILL SHOW THE GOVERNMENT THAT THEY CANNOT JUST DO WHAT THEY LIKE AND THAT THE TRUE POWER OF THIS COUNTRY DOES NOT LIE IN THEIR HANDS.

PLEASE STAY OFF THE HIGHWAYS ON THIS DAY OR BE PREPAIRED TO SIT IN TRAFFIC THE WHOLE DAY...

THE MAJOR INTERSECTIONS THAT WILL BE AFFECTED ARE:
  • FLYING SAUCER - PTA (N1/R21)
  • BRAKFONTEIN - PTA (N1/N14)
  • PROEFPLAAS - PTA (N1/N4)
  • GILLOOLYS - EAST RAND (N3/N12)
  • RIETFONTEIN - EAST RAND (N12/R21)
  • AIRPORT - EAST RAND (R21/R24
  • BUCCLEUCH - JHB (N3/N1)
  • READING - JHB (N12/R59)
  • ELAND - JHB (N12/N17/N3)
  • CROWN - JHB (M1/M2)
  • GELDENHUYS - JHB (N3/M2)

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Please update with latest news if anyone hears of anything new!!! If this 'Hoax' is true, it will completely disrupt my day and I can't afford to be held back!!!

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