Premier to meet e-toll stakeholders in February

Gauteng premier David Makhura is planning a February meeting with those who made submissions to an advisory panel on the province’s controversial e-tolls, he said on Thursday.

All the recommendations made by the panel would be considered as well as their implications, he told reporters in Johannesburg.

National, provincial and local government was also working together in the process which was being led by deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.

“Having concluded the consultation processes, the government will make an announcement on the recommendations thereafter,” he said.

Makhura commended the panel for its work, which, he said, would contribute enormously to improving the quality of governance in the province.

He also thanked the public for its contributions to the panel.

The panel was appointed on July 17 to examine the economic and social impact of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project and the e-tolling system which was set up to fund it.

It presented the report to Makhura on November 30 but its contents were not made public.

There has been a public outcry over the implementation of e-tolls on Gauteng’s highways, with many motorists refusing to pay their bills.

The provincial ANC was one of the groups whose presentation to the panel rejected the tolls, causing conflict with its parent body.

Provincal chairman, Paul Mashatile was outspoken about e-tolls at the party’s conference held in Pretoria in October last year.

“It’s not that I don’t like Sanral, but they must know their place. Government agencies don’t run the country, but the ANC does. I don’t like government agencies that take on politicians,” Mashatile said.

“Sanral cannot tell us what to do. We tell them what to do.”

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Premier to meet e-toll stakeholders in February