Almost a year has passed since the official decision was supposed to be announced and authorities still don’t have a firm answer concerning the future of the Gauteng e-toll scheme.
When briefing parliament on a range of transport changes on Wednesday (1 September) Transport director-general, Alec Moemi said that discussions around the controversial e-toll system continue to take place, now focusing on the various financial options available.
“Honestly, this matter has been dragging for some time, and now the ball has been thrown into the Treasury’s court, and they have undertaken to revert back to us. The minister of finance had a meeting this week to look at the matter, and it was agreed that further studies must be done, and then (a decision will be made) once we are clear where we are in terms of all the (financial) permutations that we are looking at,” he said.
Moemi said that the department has committed to finding a workable solution that doesn’t “drown the country in debt” but is equally sensitive to the public’s issues.
“We are working on it from that point of view. As it is, though, e-tolls remains a formal government programme, they remain legislated and gazetted, and members of society need to comply with them until a decision says differently. Until then, the e-tolls remain on our books.”
Cosatu said that the government can’t continue to ignore the failed e-toll system in Gauteng and that it needs to be scrapped. Cosatu has given transport minister Fikile Mbalula until the end of September to announce that the government will scrap the system or they will protest on election day.
“In case (transport) minister Mbalula is not going to make an announcement favourable to our demands by the end of September, Cosatu in Gauteng will be left with no option but to protest on election day,” it said.
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