Gauteng premier, David Makhura, has announced a 10-member e-tolls review panel to focus on the impact of system on the economy.
The work of the advisory panel on socio-economic impact of etolls will be submitted by 30 November, 2014.
The premier said that the panel will also seek public proposals and submissions to incorporate into its findings.
The panel is expected to present a monthly report and will start with a first meeting on 17 July 2014; in the meantime, Makhura urged motorists to continue paying for e-tolls.
The panel includes:
- Professor Muxe Nkondo (chairman);
- Dr Patricia Hanekom;
- Adv John Ngcebetsha;
- Dr Vuyo Mahlati;
- Dr Luci Abrahams;
- Professor Fiona Tregenna;
- Dr Anna Mokgokong;
- Dr John Sampson;
- Ms Lauretta Teffo; and
- Prof Chris Malikane.
The e-toll project has been met with wide-scale protest from Gauteng motorists, with many refusing to pay for the system. At last count, in March, Sanral put registered motorists for the system at 1.2 million.
Outa chairman, Wayne Duvenage said he believes that more people are not tagged and not paying for e-tolls than those who are.
Duvenage estimates that between 35% and 40% of Gauteng road users are tagged for the e-toll system.
Outa believes that for Sanral to still pursue the prosecution and criminalisation of people who have not paid their e-toll bills will only serve to aggravate the implicit conflict between Government and the people that prevails over e-tolling.
Chapter 3 of the Constitution states “all spheres of government and all organs of state within each sphere must …cooperate with each other in mutual trust and good faith”.
“We cannot have one section of government opening up dialogue while another section is shutting it down by using the force of law to coerce compliance. Whilst the Premier’s review panel does its work, Sanral needs to show good faith and participate in the process, in the hope that a way out of the impasse can be found,” Duvenage said.
E-tolling was implemented in Gauteng in December despite several court challenges to halt the project.