Dr Neil Campbell MPL
Spokesperson on Roads and Transport
Reports that the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) is facing bankruptcy on the tolling part of its operation, come as no surprise.
SANRAL’s lack of transparency and adequate consultation with those who are expected to pay the tolls from the word go, has resulted in a public backlash against these iniquitous, overpriced taxes which government seeks to impose on top of fuel levies, provincial licence fees and income tax.
The fact that SANRAL in its arrogance expected (and still expects) the public to roll-over and accept this overpriced system shows how far they and government have moved away from understanding the plight of the man in the street.
To add insult to injury SANRAL booths in many shopping centres are overstaffed with people doing nothing more than playing computer games and the airwaves are full of expensive adverts which will never change the minds of citizens and thus can be classified as fruitless and wasteful expenditure.
The fact that the tolls have not been implemented indicates the real fear the government has that implementation prior to next year’s elections will do irreparable harm to their re-election hopes.
One thing is for certain, if the tolls are not implemented prior to the election they will be brought in with a vengeance very shortly after polling day and increased at the governments whim whenever they feel a need to garner additional funds.