Neil Campbell MPL
DA Shadow MEC: Roads and Transport
Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi, today added his voice to growing opposition to e-tolling in the province.
During an interview on Radio 702, the MEC admitted that an alternative method to fund the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project would need to be found.
This comes as Premier David Makhura’s e-toll review panel continues to receive overwhelmingly negative submissions calling for the scrapping of electronic tolling in Gauteng.
This week the DA made its submission to the panel, with the emphatic message that e-tolling is unjust and must go.
The DA has long advocated that funding for roads and highways come from the fuel levy; one which is ring-fenced for exclusive use on roads infrastructure construction and maintenance only.
We are happy to note that even the MEC for Transport in Gauteng now acknowledges the need for an alternative model.
The true test of the review panel however will be when Premier Makhura is required to take action on the findings.
It is clear that the people of Gauteng can’t afford and don’t want e-tolling; the findings of the panel should reflect an appropriate response.