National 30.1.2014 02:24 pm

Is this the new anthem for e-toll objectors? (video)

FILE PICTURE: E-toll objectors gather, 25 January 2014, at the Portuguese Hall in Joburg South, before taking part in a mass protest drive along the tolled highways. Picture: Michel Bega

FILE PICTURE: E-toll objectors gather, 25 January 2014, at the Portuguese Hall in Joburg South, before taking part in a mass protest drive along the tolled highways. Picture: Michel Bega

A song released on Youtube on Tuesday as been dubbed South Africa’s first anthem against the e-tolling system.

The song is the latest in continued spiral of public out-cry about the system.

Sound engineer and composer Glenn Welman created a parody song about the e-tolls and Sanral titled; They Tried to Make Me Buy an e-tag.

Based on Amy Winehouse’s hit song Rehab, to Welman the song represents a collective frustration that the public has towards e-tolls and the fashion in which Sanral has gone about implementing the system.

In only two days the song has attracted over 20 000 views on Youtube with the public calling the tune the anthem against e-tolls.

Welman’s initial intention was to create a light-hearted parody on a serious subject that people could enjoy as the song has a catchy and feel-good quality to it, but with the massive response the message pf the song changed significantly.

“With the response it has received I believe it certainly has become a firm message to both Sanral and the government that the public is tired of being treated like a bottomless money pit there to be abused,” said Welman.

“I absolutely believe that this video is helping to unite us and reinvigorate the fight against e-Tolls,” he added.

Welman explained that he, like many other South Africans, believes the e-toll system is a extremely costly, unsustainable exercise.

“I do not believe the e-toll system, in particular the one Sanral has devised, is the right method to pay for the GFIP. I believe that a fuel levy method would be a better option,” he said.

The Johannesburg based Welman does not use the highways on a regular basis and has yet to receive and invoice for the times he has passed under a gantry. He said however that he will continue his personal campaign against the e-tolls by not paying.

“I will continue my personal campaign of non-compliance in protest against e-tolls,” said Welman.

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