Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

South Africa: E-Tolls - to Pay Up or Join the Ranks of the Ungovernable?

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In case you haven't heard, those white ornaments above the Gauteng highways go live today. E-tolling has officially started. Joy. As this is aimed squarely at the middle class, we asked our middle-class correspondent, STEPHEN GROOTES, to meditate over what one should do. Should you pay? Or should you join the ranks of the ungovernable?

I've always wanted to be part of making something ungovernable. It's a nice word that. Ungovernable. I know of one or two dogs that should have been called that. And every cat ever. But I've always thought it would be fun. The thrill of protest, the exhilaration of driving through the gantry going "nah nah nah nah nah". The slight fear when the Sanral car drives up behind you, and the relief when it goes away again. And then the "so what".

Seriously, what are they going to do? Take my car? No. Take my kids? No. Take my liberty? Vusi Mona can spin a good tale, but he's not that powerful...

So then, why pay at all? Um.

I live a nice middle-class existence. Which means I have the resources to smooth out the bumps in life when I need to. So I could,...

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