E-tolls: companies should pay “once-off” contribution says ANC

The ANC in Gauteng has proposed that a fuel levy increase be considered as an interim measure to fund improvements on the province’s roads, according to a report on Tuesday (26 June 2012).

The Times newspaper reported that the provincial African National Congress had also suggested a “once-off” contribution from companies which make “super-profits” in the province.

This was contained in the Gauteng ANC’s discussion paper on public transport and infrastructure, which is to be debated at the policy conference in Midrand this week.

The daily newspaper reported that the Gauteng ANC had also proposed that the government’s pension fund be used for infrastructure development.

The SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) was incurring mounting debt after the High Court in Pretoria halted e-tolls in Gauteng in April in favour of the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa).

The court granted an interdict preventing Sanral from levying or collecting e-tolls pending the outcome of a judicial review.

The Democratic Alliance welcomed the rethink on e-tolls as “encouraging”.

“However, what is missing from their thinking is that the tax on fuel must be ring-fenced,” DA MPL Neil Campbell in a statement.

“They advance the suggestion as a ‘temporary’ solution, but if it can work temporarily it can work permanently.”

Campbell said if the ANC was serious about abandoning e-tolls then the government had to stop the e-toll collection contract and withdraw from an expensive Constitutional Court challenge.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has applied to the Constitutional Court to set aside the order made by the High Court in Pretoria, arguing that Judge Bill Prinsloo had ignored the principle of separation of powers.

The Constitutional Court will hear arguments in the case on August 15.

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E-tolls: companies should pay “once-off” contribution says ANC