The scrapping of e-tolls is a focus point for the ANC in Gauteng as it prepares for the 2016 municipal elections. This is according to a report in the Sunday Times.
The newspaper reported that there were behind the scenes discussions at the weekend’s ANC’s Gauteng provincial conference about the best way to scrap the electronic tolling system.
“A final decision on the party’s position on e-tolls would be announced later today,” the Sunday Times reported.
The City Press also reported that the “ANC executive in Gauteng is hoping to take a resolution to Luthuli House and then to the party’s national general council next year to call for a complete review of e-tolling”.
ANC Gauteng provincial chairman Paul Mashatile said that the recommendations of the e-tolls review panel should be implemented.
“We cannot close our eyes in Gauteng when our people have problems,” he told the party’s provincial conference in Pretoria.
He said government agencies, particularly the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), did not run the country. “It’s not that I don’t like Sanral, but they must know their place,” he said.
On 2 October 2014, DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane said that his party will continue to fight the Gauteng electronic tolling system.
“The fight continues. The system is failing, no one is buying e-tags,” Maimane told DA supporters in Pretoria.