The Gauteng branch of the ruling party, the ANC, has reiterated its call for a rethink on e-tolls.
The call came days after Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said that the largely rejected system is here to stay despite government’s understanding and appreciation of the financial challenges some motorists face.
“Government has already created space for public transport operators not to pay e-toll and concessions have been given to deserving cases. We’ve also spent more than R1 billion in creating alternative roads in Gauteng,” Peters said, adding that South Africans know there is a “user pays” principle and this policy needs to be implemented.
“We need good quality roads, otherwise people will say they have to drive on what’s left of the road and not on the left of the road.”
ANC Gauteng chairman Paul Mashatile said the council had mandated the provincial leadership to engage with national leadership to continue looking into the negative impact of e-tolls, “including the issue of affordability”, Times Live reported.
”In our last conference we said the e-tolls in their current form are unacceptable.”
“Many of our people and small businesses are trying to come into the economic hub and that is where they get affected, by these toll roads.”
EWN reported Gauteng premier, David Makhura as saying: “The feedback we are still getting from people is that the cost of e-tolls and the negative impact is far from having been mitigated.”
The Gauteng branch of the ANC is under pressure following an internal report which showed that the party has lost significant support in the province – with support in Johannesburg sinking to only 37%, the Sunday Times reported.