New Leader of the DA Mmusi Maimane says that, between e-tolls and load-shedding, the ANC has created a potent job-killing recipe for Gauteng.
His comments come after South Africa’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday (18 May) announced revised e-toll tariffs.
The monthly cap for e-toll road users has been adjusted to R225, from R450 previously, the deputy said.
The current 58 cents per kilometre will be reduced to 30 cents per kilometre for people using e-roads.
Motorists will have to pay their outstanding e-tolls upon renewal of vehicle licences, Ramaphosa said, “creating a solid link between road users and the e-toll system”.
“Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa has today announced more ways to pay e-tolls,” Maimane said in a statement.
There will now be far greater enforcement of e-toll payments through:
- Compulsory payment of all outstanding e-tolls when renewing vehicle license discs;
- Tracking of non-payers will be enforced through FICA registration when vehicles are registered;
- The doubling of monthly caps on fees if e-tolls are not paid within 30 days;
- No amnesty for anyone in arrears on e-tolls
In addition, Phase 2 and 3 of e-tolling will see more gantries rolled out across Gauteng, Maimane said.
“Today’s announcement shows how the e-tolls Advisory Panel was a betrayal of the people of Gauteng. The people said scrap e-tolls, but the ANC has said e-tolls are here to stay.
“This is despite clear evidence that the e-toll system is collapsing. E-toll payments have dropped from R120 million in June 2014, to R45 million in January 2015. This while Sanral’s monthly cost recovery targets have risen from R108 million to R204 million over the same period.”
To make up the shortfall, the DA said that Sanral are relying on “key account holders” to pay e-tolls.
“This means that small businesses, grocery stores, and the service industry are propping up e-tolls. The burden of e-toll payments for businesses is being passed on to all residents through higher prices for everything from food to clothing,” Maimane said.
“South Africans must continue to stand up against this unjust system,” the politician said.
“The DA have shown where we govern how e-tolls can be defeated. Through court action, the City of Cape Town is steadily beating back Sanral’s plans to roll out e-tolls in the city.”
“We will continue the fight in Parliament through the introduction of a private member’s bill to scrap e-tolling,” he said.