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Are the South African e-tolls here to stay? (Flickr: Kevin Shine)

David Makhura’s Gauteng ANC calls for the end of e-tolls

Right after David Makhura secured his position as the provincial chairman of the ANC in Gauteng, promises were made about ending e-tolls…

E-tag card & car keys

Are the South African e-tolls here to stay? (Flickr: Kevin Shine)

The 106-year-old political party is calling for the end of e-tolls. After Premier David Makhura’s unopposed election as the ANC’s provincial chairman, the ruling party in the province announced it plans to end e-tolls.

What are e-tolls?

E-tolls are electronic toll collection processes that were implemented by the South African National Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL) in December 2014.

Moving towards a more streamlined process of passing tolls, vehicles are identified electronically without any cash transactions needed on the road or highway.

An attempt at a resurgence of power ahead of 2019 elections

Newly elected ANC provincial secretary, Jacob Khawe, said the conference made the call to do away with e-tolls. He also said that the government needs to look into the cost of living, which has shot up.

Khawe added:

“We must say no to corruption… we must say no to state capture. We also commit ourselves to ensure an overwhelming victory for the ANC at the 2019 election.”

Bloomberg reported that the ANC, who has been in power since 1994, has seen a dip in support in the past decade.

After securing 62% of the vote in the 2014 national election, the country’s fifth, it was dealt its most significant blow in the local government vote of 2016 where the ruling party lost control of major cities like Johannesburg and Pretoria, both located in Gauteng.

A campaign move after ANC leadership retains power in Gauteng

The party is actively working to regain control of Gauteng by instilling confidence in voters.

In his state of the province address in February, Makhura claimed that that the e-toll system was just not working, and that he would discuss solutions with president Cyril Ramaphosa.

Makhura stated:

“We all know that the e-tolls have added to the cost of living for many motorists and public transport users in Gauteng. The new dawn (leadership change) must also bring a solution to the protracted and unresolved problem of e-tolls.”