Sanral execs ride the gravy train while e-tolls backfire

Dr Neil Campbell MPL

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Roads and Transport

The DA is not surprised at reports of Sanral chief executives giving themselves above-inflation increases, despite the evident failing of e-tolls and the roads agency running at a loss of R2,7 billion.

According to reports, Sanral executives received an average of 17% more in salary in the 2013/14 financial year – and the DA believes it to be a slap in the face for Gauteng’s residents and motorists, who are unjustly forced to pay e-tolls to finance lavish lifestyles.

One can only wonder what the opinions of employees of ETC, the company contracted to manage e-tolls, must be of Sanral CEO Nazir Alli’s R3,6 million annual salary, while rumours of possible retrenchments loom over the failure of e-tolls.

It is highly disappointing that Sanral executives would award themselves performance bonuses and long service awards to the tune of R4,8 million over and above their increases, while Gauteng’s people have to absorb rapid fuel and commodity increases due to e-tolls.

The DA will continue to expose Sanral’s and the ANC government’s hypocrisy and double standards over e-tolls, and will continue with our fight to have e-tolls scrapped.