Lesufi says no more about e-toll

Henry

Panyaza Lesufi, premier of Gauteng, must make it clear exactly when e-toll gates will be switched off, says Solly Msimanga, the DA’s provincial leader and premier candidate for Gauteng.

The prime minister indicated during his provincial speech last month that e-toll gates will be deactivated by the end of this month.

However, for this to happen, the deactivation of e-toll gates must take place 14 days before the proposed date in the government Gazette be published. “It hasn’t happened yet,” Msimanga points out.

Msimanga says it seems as if e-toll is here to stay for the foreseeable future “and that Lesufi, like his predecessor David Makhura, has made yet another empty promise”.

The DA’s prime ministerial candidate then points out that should e-toll gates not be switched off on 31 March 2024, motorists will still be billed for this unwanted system. This while the government is well aware that Gautengers cannot afford to pay for e-toll.

The current portion of Gauteng’s e-toll debt will also continue to increase “and so far the province does not have a way to pay for its portion of the current debt”, says Msimanga.

RNews earlier reported that the Gauteng provincial government had thus agreed to Lesufi to pay R12 billion towards Sanral’s e-toll debt to finalize the matter.

This after Lesufi announced in January last year that R6.9 billion would be refunded to those who paid e-toll, a statement he has since retracted.

Msimanga says the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the future of e-toll is typical of the current administration. “This unwanted system of e-toll has been imposed on the residents of this province and is once again being used as an election gimmick for votes”.