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Hundreds of e-toll statements burned in bonfire – Solly Msimanga

DA Gauteng PC says govt making criminals of honest citizens

#ScrapEtollsNow: Government making criminals out of honest citizens

4 April 2019

Today I created a bonfire outside the South African National Road Agency’s ( Sanral) offices in Rooihuiskraal in Centurion with hundreds of Gauteng residents’ e-toll statements.

The DA received these e-toll statements from overburdened Gauteng residents who cannot afford to pay for e-tolls.

It is despicable that government is making criminals out of these hard-working, tax-paying citizens.

A week ago, Sanral announced that they will no longer be issuing summonses to people who have defaulted on their e-tolls. But this reprieve was short lived - Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni then said that Sanral must review this decision.

The decision by Sanral to no longer issue or pursue summonses to residents who have defaulted on their e-toll payments is an indication that this system is not working, has failed and should be scrapped immediately.

The failing ANC government is constantly speaking with a forked tongue. Premier David Makhura, during his State of the Province Address (Sopa) last year he indicated the e-tolls system is not working and this year he barely touched on what will happen to the e-tolling system in the province. MEC Panyaza Lesufi last year boldly told residents of Gauteng that e-tolls would be gone by May yet the Minister of Finance is of the opinion that e-tolls must stay.

It is high time that a firm decision is taken on e-tolls in Gauteng. Gauteng residents have been left in the dark and are confused about e-tolls.

In our open letter written to President Cyril Ramaphosa we have asked him to give us a definitive answer on what will happen to e-tolls within 7 days.

See full letter here.

The DA is the only party that has been speaking out against the implementation of e-tolls since it was first implemented in 2013. When we take office after the elections in May, we will lodge an intergovernmental dispute to have e-tolls scrapped. Should this fail we will go to court to have the e-tolls contract cancelled.

Issued by Solly Msimanga, DA Gauteng Premier Candidate, 4 April 2019