Gauteng motorists continue to suffer as e-Tolls are not scrapped

The National Treasury confirmed during a parliamentary debate on the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) this week, that e-Tolls have not been scrapped and will become an income generator for Gauteng.

Although the debt has been taken over by government, the management of e-Tolls has now been transferred to the Gauteng Provincial Government and the gantries could possibly remain operational.

It is likely that this will be used to pay the percentage the 70/30 split of e-Toll debt that the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) and national government will take over from the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL).

It is kind of mind boggling that the e-Toll system will remain, despite the initial debt for this unwanted system being covered by the government.

It is a reasonable expectation that e-Tolls must be scrapped considering that the debt will be settled. The DA demands that Gauteng Premier, Panyaza Lesufi , must urgently outline how this system is going to work. We will continue the fight for e-Tolls to be scrapped in this province.