Amid the repeated threats of dire and life-altering/ending consequences levelled at motorists for not complying with these unjust laws enacted to compel compliance, ordinary folk got angry, dug in their heels and didn’t run off to register with Sanral. They then went further and refused to pay. In essence, the practice of hurling rocks and burning tyres was replaced with tightly zipped wallets and the occasional drive around the GFIP by groups of defiant, fed-up and cash-strapped citizens.
Today marks the anniversary of the implementation of e-tolls in Gauteng. The first anniversary, mind you – not its birthday, because it was somewhat stillborn and failed to materialise into the “masterpiece” and “better” or “only” way to go that everyone – including the highest court in the land – was told it would be.