E-Tolls: Gauteng Premier stands at a cross-road

John Moodey MPL

DA Gauteng Provincial Leader

Gauteng premier David Makhura needs to make the findings of the e-toll review panel public without delay, and not engage in lengthy negotiations with Luthuli House on when and where to do so.

Media reports this morning quote insiders with insights into the review panel’s report, alleging that the panel rejects e-tolls and that the system should be abolished.

While the premier claims he needs time to “digest” the report’s findings and engage with stakeholders on all levels, he is in fact caught between Luthuli House and the wishes of Gauteng’s people.

And it is here, at the point of no-return, that he has to decide whether he will bow to his political masters in Sauer Street, or to stick with the people of Gauteng as promised on 30 September.

The people of Gauteng paid for the e-tolls review panel, and its report is therefore public property. While the premier may be entitled to take the time needed to give it due consideration, the public is entitled to the same.

The DA therefore believes that the premier should table the report at any one of the three Gauteng Legislature sittings this week, giving the public time to read and evaluate it.

The people of Gauteng have spoken, the panel has listened, and the report has been finalised.

The Premier has to stand by his word made during his State of the Province Address that government would not close its eyes to the cries of the people who are severely affected by the cost of travelling across the province.

Let this e-toll review panel report not be another that stays hidden in the vaults of government.