John Moodey MPL
DA Gauteng Provincial Leader
The DA notes media reports that Gauteng Premier David Makhura will release the much anticipated e-toll review panel’s findings tomorrow.
Unfortunately, if these and other leaked media reports over the panel’s findings during the past month are accurate, there will be no victory fires burning across Gauteng come tomorrow.
Instead of being relieved of the financial burden of e-tolls, motorists will still be forced to pay for the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) through other means, such as exorbitant increases on motor vehicle licence fees and other “stealth taxes”.
While the DA will make no pronouncements until we have studied the report, it is seemingly inevitable that the people shall pay the R30 billion debt of the GFIP, despite the devastating effects on the provincial economy and job creation and the 30 September promise of Premier Makhura “to stick with the people of Gauteng”.
The people of Gauteng have spoken and have openly declared their refusal to pay e-tolls, and no “stealth” methods of payment will convince them otherwise.
The DA will continue to fight e-tolls using every means to our disposal, and we will not stop until this unjust burden on motorists is completely scrapped.