DA welcomes postponement of e-Tolls Bill debate

Elza van Lingen MP

DA Leader in the NCOP

The DA welcomes the postponement of the debate on the Transport Laws and Related Matters Amendment Bill (e-Tolls Bill). The ANC is now presented with the perfect opportunity to withdraw the Bill in its entirety.

Members of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) Select Committee on Public Services received notification this afternoon via SMS and email informing them of the postponement of the debate and vote until ‘further notice’. No reason was provided.

The postponement of the debate follows a letter sent last week by my colleague Herman Groenewald to the Chairperson of the NCOP, Mninwa Mahlangu, expressing his concerns with procedures followed during the deliberation on the Bill in the Select Committee on Public Service. He requested that the Bill be referred back to the Committee for further deliberations and to allow for extensive public submissions.

We trust that this postponement will allow for the DA’s request to be actioned by the Chairperson.

We remain vehemently opposed to the Bill as it would create the world’s most expensive toll collection system, undermine economic growth and ultimately result in job losses. We will continue to fight against the Bill being rushed through the NCOP to the detriment of South Africans.

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