Dr Neil Campbell MPL
DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Roads and Transport:
The Gauteng ANC has this past weekend backtracked on its position on e-tolls, and betrayed the people of this province.
Following its provincial lekgotla of this past weekend, the provincial leadership of the ANC has climbed down from its October 2014 provincial congress resolution that e-tolls must be scrapped, and that alternative funding methods should be sought.
However, since the e-toll review panel has recommended a so-called hybrid system of funding for the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) through the imposition of stealth taxes, the ANC has expressed its support for such a model.
The fact is that an alternative funding model should be sought to pay for GFIP without it adding to the financial burden of motorists.
Increased license fees and other stealth taxes will not ease that burden.
It is clear that the ANC in Gauteng sacrificed the people of this province on the altar of political expediency.
The DA’s position on e-tolls has been clear from the outset: E-tolls are unjust, unfair and an unnecessary burden on the poor – and the only alternative is for the system to be scrapped.
The people of Gauteng have on numerous occasions and on a number of platforms insisted that e-tolls should be scrapped.
The DA challenges Premier David Makhura to hold a referendum on the issue and give power to the people.