Lack of transparency fuels suspicion that e-tolls fill foreign pockets

Dr Neil Campbell MPL

Spokesperson on Roads and Transport

The veil of secrecy over the contracts for e-tolling Gauteng freeways fuels suspicion that the revenue collected through the system will line the pockets of overseas companies. Recent reports reaffirm the DA’s position that all contracts and dealings in the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) must be made public.

This issue was brought to the forefront again recently with Bloomberg reporting that the Austrian toll-road systems maker Kapsch TrafficCom AG (KTCG) would get an annual revenue boost of more than 50 million euros, or R673 million, from the e-toll project.

Utterances by South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to the contrary directly contradict their previous admissions that a percentage will go overseas.

It is common knowledge that Kapsch bought out the South African BEE partners some time ago, a fact Sanral had no problem admitting previously but now states that all monies will remain here.
Unfortunately Sanral has been less than transparent and honest regarding e-tolls from the start, with the latest reports simply proving what we already know.

The real enigma is why any government agency would subject citizens to paying administration fees for the e-tolling system of well over a billion rand annually when an alternate form of collection through the fuel the levy would cost less than a million rand. Are they just spiteful? Or do they have someone’s pockets to fill?

Full disclosure must be given to the residents of Gauteng who must pay for this costly exercise. Anything less than full disclosure will confirm that SANRAL and the government have something to hide and someone to protect.

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