DA premier candidate for Gauteng, Mmusi Maimane has unveiled a series of new billboards in Gauteng, to kick-start an “intensive campaign to mobilize Gauteng voters against the government that brought us e-tolls”.
“Today I launched new billboards in Gauteng with the message: ‘A vote for the DA is a vote against e-tolls’,” the DA member said.
On Wednesday (20 November), Transport Minister Dipuo Peters announced that e-tolls will commence on 3 December 2013 on Gauteng’s highways.
“I will take information on the costs of travelling all major routes in Gauteng directly to the people as part of a mass mobilization campaign against e-tolls.
“The fact remains: people can’t afford e-tolls, no matter how much Sanral says they can,” Maimane said.
The DA premier candidate said that many people are refusing to buy e-tags. “This is their prerogative and their right. It is important to send out a strong message to the ANC that people don’t want e-tolls.”
“We can fight the further roll-out of e-tolls if we are elected to government. And, make no mistake, the ANC has plans to roll out even more e-toll gantries on our highways,” Maimane said.
Last week, the DA submitted papers to the High Court. The party is of the view that the “e-tolling” Bill was incorrectly passed by Parliament and signed into law by President Jacob Zuma. The party believes that it was incorrectly tagged and should be declared unconstitutional.
“I have announced plans to fight e-tolling as Premier, including a provincial referendum so that people can make their voice heard against e-tolls. As Premier, I am prepared to interdict the next phase of e-tolls that will see gantries go up on a further 300km of roads, including major routes like the Ben Schoeman Highway.”
“We have also gone to court to have the e-tolling Bill sent back to Parliament on the basis that it was unconstitutionally passed,” Maimane said.