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Issue 129 - April 2012 (2nd Edition) - Page 7

Unsubstantiated Warning - Johannesburg Freeways 'Complete Shutdown 25th April'

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Outline
Circulating message warns that major freeways around Johannesburg South Africa will be deliberately blocked by trucking and logistics companies on 25th April 2012 as a protest against the government's proposed implementation of a new toll system.



Brief Analysis
At the time of writing the claims in the message remain unsubstantiated. There are no credible news reports that support the claims. The message does not name any of the companies that are participating in the supposed protest nor does it state the source of its information. The message may well be a hoax.

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Last updated: 11th April 2012
First published: 11th April 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Example
JOHANNESBURG FREEWAYS - COMPLETE SHUTDOWN - 25 APRIL 2012

PLEASE NOTE!

A 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)




Detailed Analysis
According to a message that is currently circulating rapidly via email and social media, all major freeways in South Africa's Gauteng Province will be completely shutdown on April 25th 2012, apparently as a protest against an unpopular government toll system proposal. The message rather vaguely suggests that "large trucking and logistics companies" are all set to deliberately block all major intersections on the day, thereby causing traffic chaos and billions of rands in losses.

The message does not specifically state the reason for the supposed blockade. However, the timing of the supposed shut down suggests that it would be in protest of the proposed April 30 implementation of a toll system on Gauteng freeways. The new toll system has been the source of much controversy in South Africa and is currently the subject of a legal challenge.

While the proposed toll system has certainly generated a lot of opposition, there are nevertheless no credible news or government reports that confirm the claims in the warning message. In fact, the only report of the proposed freeway shutdown protest is this vague and unprofessional, ALL CAPS, Internet message. The message does not include any references to support its claims nor does it outline what entity or group is organizing the would-be protest day. In fact, the message does not even name any of the companies that it claims will be participating. The implementation of such a mass coordinated freeway blockade would take a great deal of organization and planning, so it seems quite unlikely that the only news of such an event would be in the form of abreathless chain message.

Thus, the message may well be a hoax and simply the result of some slacktivist's rather lame attempt to protest against the impending toll system. In any case, the proposed April 30 implementation of the toll may yet be stopped by considerably more legitimate forms of protest. Time will tell.

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References
E-tolling goes to court, NCC
Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance
Gauteng Freeway Shutdown 25 April 2012 Hoax?
Tolling will be stopped



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