The Minister of Transport, Ben Martins, is jumping the gun in gazetting regulations on Gauteng e-tolling before President Jacob Zuma has signed the Transport Laws and Related Matters Amendment Bill (E-tolling Bill) into law.
This is according to DA Shadow Minister of Transport, Ian Ollis, who added that this is further evidence of the continued arrogance displayed by the Department of Transport and SANRAL on the e-tolling project in Gauteng.
“They are determined to rush ahead with this unpopular project before the matter has even been fully agreed to,” Ollis said.
According to Ollis, the DA will take the matter up with the leader of government business, Kgalema Motlanthe, and urge him to ensure that all such regulations are suspended until such stage as this e-tolling project has been agreed to.
“We furthermore re-iterate our position that a referendum in Gauteng must be held before such stage as the project is implemented, and regulations are enforced,” Ollis said.
To pursue this project without a referendum taking place, Ollis said, will be to ignore the views of the people of Gauteng, who remain outraged by this plan.
“It is high time that both Minister Martins and SANRAL understood that they cannot stampede over public opinion,” Ollis said. “They should stop their arrogant crusade and let the people of Gauteng decide now.”