Panel wants e-tolls scrapped: report

The final report handed in by the e-toll panel set up by Gauteng premier David Makhura is understood to recommend that the province’s controversial tolling system be scrapped.

This is according to ANC sources, speaking to The Times following the handing in of the report on Sunday (30 November 2014).

The Times quoted insiders who said that the e-toll panelists believe the system would strangle the Gauteng economy and further damage the national economy, ultimately impacting the poor.

Makhura has remained silent on the contents of the report.

On Sunday, the premier would not divulge what recommendations the e-toll review panel had tabled, because he had not read the report and did not want to make any rash announcements.

“We don’t want to make a mistake,” he told reporters in Johannesburg at the hand over of the report from the review panel.

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

Panel chairman Professor Muxe Nkondo handed the panel’s final report to Makhura at the Emoyeni conference centre in Parktown. He was accompanied by some of the panelists.

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

“Early in the new year we will conclude our process and make a determination. We will then release the report,” Makhura said.

(With Sapa)

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