“Raise your IQ a little bit”, Sanral tells concerned e-toll users

Sanral spokesperson Vusi Mona said that people who are concerned about e-toll SMS scams should ‘raise their IQ a little bit’; JPSA demands Mona’s resignation

By - January 16, 2014
E-toll crush

The Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) is demanding the resignation or dismissal of Sanral spokesperson, Vusi Mona, after telling a concerned Gauteng road user to “raise your IQ a little bit” in response to questions about SMS authenticity.

Speaking on Radio 702 and Cape Talk on Wednesday 15 January 2014, Mona responded to a listener who asked: “How do I as a road user know that I’m not being scammed because there’s a lot of people who will jump on the bandwagon and try to scam you?”.

“How do you guarantee that these SMSes are genuine and not scams?” the listener asked, referring to Sanral’s SMSes demanding e-toll payments.

Mona’s answer was simple – “very easy. Raise your IQ a little bit…”.

This response did not go down well with JPSA chairman, Howard Dembovsky.

“As a public servant and an employee of a State Owned Enterprise, Mona has a duty to demonstrate respect for members of the public and he should know better than to openly and blatantly insult a member of the public who was simply asking a legitimate question of him,” said Dembovsky.

“At no time during the course of his interview with [702/Cape Talk’s] Gushwell Brooks did Mona apologise for his utterance. Instead, he tried to justify it by saying that people should “exercise common sense”.

Dembovsky said that the group has been reliably informed that this is not the first time that Mona has alluded to “low IQs” when speaking to journalists about the “e-tolls debate”.

“However this is the first time that we have heard him state as much on public radio, first hand,” the JPSA said.

“Justice Project South Africa hereby calls upon Vusi Mona to do the honourable thing and resign immediately, failing which for the Minister of Transport to dismiss him since he clearly has no respect for the public he is supposed to serve – not hurl insults at.”

Also see: Mona IQ comment was just a joke: Sanral

E-tolls not a big election issue: Sanral

E-toll website flaw a cyber-attack: Sanral

No upgrades, no e-tolls: Sanral

E-toll prosecutions to begin months from now: Sanral

Share your thoughts

Shutterstock is the image partner of MyBroadband – more technology images

Join the conversation

Connect with Us



Are you going to apply to the WeThinkCode programme?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

More News

Huge mobile data growth continues

Mobile Data

The latest Akamai State of the Internet report shows that global mobile data volumes continue to grow at a rapid rate.

Rogue SARS unit was real, and was spying on taxpayers

Big brother spy surveillance

A new report by KPMG has confirmed that there was a rogue SARS spy unit spying on South Africans and operating outside the law, the Sunday Times reports.

Watch 100 The Simpsons voices done by 11 actors

The Simpsons

The Simpsons has hundreds of characters, many of whom are voiced by a handful of actors.

How close are we to landing on Mars?

Mars and its atmosphere

Like any long-distance relationship, our love affair with Mars has had its ups and downs.


Newsletter Subscription

Email *
Enter the following to confirm your subscription *
Captcha image

Free MyBroadband Newsletter