Sanral chair resignation “not surprising”: Outa

The resignation of Sanral chairwoman Tembakazi Mnyaka was not surprising as the organisation was facing a number of problems, the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) said on Thursday.

“One only has to look at the number of issues that have contributed to the build-up of steam in the SA National Roads Agency Limited [Sanral] pressure pot to cause people in Ms Mnyaka’s position to bail out,” Outa spokesman John Clarke said in a statement.

The transport ministry announced Mnyaka’s resignation on Thursday.

Clarke said Sanral faced a number of issues, including the outstanding e-tolls bills of about R1.5 billion, the review of the e-tolls, the eviction of the Lwandle residents in the Western Cape, and the litigation surrounding Sanral’s need for secrecy of sensitive information to protect commercial interests of an unsolicited bid for the Western Cape Winelands Toll project.

“The lack of factual information pertaining to Ms Mnyaka’s resignation will result in unnecessary speculation, conjecture and intrigue, which is not conducive to resolving the crisis brewing within Sanral,” said Clarke.

Mnyaka resigned with immediate effect.

“Transport Minister Ms Dipuo Peters has received a letter of resignation from the chairperson of the board of directors of Sanral, Ms… Mnyaka.

“In a letter addressed to the minister, Ms Mnyaka has indicated that the resignation takes effect immediately, citing personal reasons for her decision,” transport spokesman Tiyani Ponto-Rikhotso said earlier.

Peters accepted Mnyaka’s resignation and wished her well in her future endeavours.

“I wish to thank Ms Mnyaka for her efforts in ensuring that Sanral continues to discharge its mandate of building and maintaining South Africa’s national road network,” she said.

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Sanral chair resignation “not surprising”: Outa