Elza van Lingen MP
DA Leader in the NCOP
This morning the Select Committee on Public Service reconvened to reconsider the National Transport Laws and Related Matters Amendment Bill (e-Toll Bill) after objections by my colleague, DA MP Herman Groenewald, on the unacceptable procedures of the previous committee meeting.
I called on the Chairperson of the Committee, Mtikeni Sibande, to allow for extensive public hearings in all nine provinces before finalising the Bill in the committee, given the significant public interest. This was again refused without any sufficient reasons being provided.
The ANC proceeded to use its majority to push through this Bill, which will now be sent to the NCOP to be debated and voted on.
The DA remains vehemently opposed to the Bill in its entirety which will allow for the construction of toll-roads without consultation of the public and will ultimately hit the poor the hardest.
Today the ANC showed that they are indeed the party of e-tolling.
The City of Cape Town was granted an interdict by the Western Cape High Court this morning halting the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) from taking any steps to implement the proposed N1/N2 Winelands Toll Highway Project. The Court also ordered SANRAL to hand over all relevant documentation supporting the entity’s decision to start the project in the first place.
This is a great victory for the DA-run City of Cape Town and the DA in the Western Cape who have fought relentlessly against the burden which unnecessary toll roads will create on the poorest and most vulnerable communities in Cape Town.
With the success of the efforts of the DA in the City of Cape Town and Western Cape it is evident that only the ANC is in favour of excessive tolling on our roads.
We will continue to fight the e-tolling bill in Parliament and do everything possible to ensure that it is rejected in the NCOP.