JOHANNESBURG: ANC Treasurer-General, Paul Mashatile says the e-tolls system is unworkable and unaffordable.
The African National Congress (ANC) has thrown its weight behind the party’s Gauteng leadership on the need to review e-tolls in the country’s richest province.
ANC Treasurer General Paul Mashatile says the system is unworkable and unaffordable.
His comments follow the apparent mixed messages expressed by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni in his Medium Term Budget Statement (MTBS) and Gauteng ANC provincial chairperson and Premier David Makhura.
Mboweni insisted that South Africans must pay for the roads they use, while Makhura said there is no future for e-tolls in Gauteng.
Mashatile feels the system in Gauteng is a special case.
“I think what government must do is to go with tolling of roads user principle but perhaps review the e-toll in Gauteng and introduce a system that citizens of Gauteng will find acceptable and affordable. You can come with another method that the citizens will find purely acceptable, we should not be afraid to review our decisions,” Mashatile said.
Meanwhile, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has called on its members to rally behind a protest against e-tolls in Pretoria on Friday.
Cosatu spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said in a statement on Wednesday the march was about “sending a clear message to our government that we will only be governed by consent‚ and we will never allow ourselves to be bullied by those we have elected”.