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David Makhura teases a Gauteng future without e-tolls

Makhura says scrapping the e-tolls system is high up on his agenda.

e-tolls fikile mbalula

Photo: Flickr/Paul Saad

Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, vowed to ensure that during his term at the helm of the provincial government, e-tolls will be scrapped.

As reported by EWN, Gauteng’s new Premier made these utterances at the swearing-in ceremony of the newly-anointed MECs.

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What is the latest on e-tolls?

The issue around e-tolls is a contentious one. In the first quarter of the year, the topic was used as a tool to spur voter support in the lead-up to the elections.

Makhura, on his campaign trail, contradicted statements made by Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni, on the subject.

While the latter was in support of the system, Makhura, who was on the ground engaging with frustrated motorists, always maintained that he would see to it that the e-tolls are scrapped.

The Premier noted that the system was just not conducive for an urban environment like Gauteng.

“I use tolls when I go to Limpopo or Durban, but with those tolls, you are not driving there every hour through them because you plan before compared to urban tolls. You can’t avoid them,” he stated.

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It is believed that only a third of the province’s motorists adhere to the tolling system, while the rest have been raking up a hefty debt bill that was, in February, stricken off the South African National Roads Agency’s (SANRAL) books after receiving pressure from the public.

Makhura’s plan of action?

Makhura referred to the deployment of Jacob Mamabolo to the Public Transport and Road Infrastructure portfolio as proof of his commitment to boot the system.

In his previous position, Mamabolo was the head of Change Management, providing support to “the Turn-Around Strategy in the National Department of Public Works.”

For the Premier, the issue of e-tolls sits at the top of his and Mamabolo’s agenda, coming into the sixth administration.

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“And I want to say it again, e-tolls are not off my agenda and we have done a lot. I hope that the campaign is over, and it won’t be a temptation to politicize it, it will be resolved like any other policy issue. I am confident in Gauteng we will look into a future without e-tolls,” he said