By Dr Neil Campbell MPL, DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Roads and Transport:
The so-called concessions on e-tolls announced recently by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa are disingenuous and must be questioned.
If all motorists had bought e-tags when Premier Makhura announced the formation of his ‘advisory panel’ they would have been required to pay 30 cents per kilometre – exactly the same as what the ‘concession’ requires them to pay.
The capping of the monthly rate is indeed a concession today, but motorists should be wary that ‘supporting’ the existing tariff can and will be escalated at above inflation rates at the will of the ANC, as happens annually.
The ANC, having promised to listen to the people has, as usual, moved directly against the will of the people of Gauteng who have made it quite clear that they are vehemently opposed to this unjust tax.
As yet, no-one has explained to motorists why it is necessary to spend hundreds of millions of rands in e-toll collection fees when a simple ring-fenced fuel levy would be more than adequate to pay off the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project.
This is not the manner in which a truly caring party would act.
Perhaps the off-shore route is the only way of hiding ill-gotten gains for well-heeled and powerful individuals within the ruling party.
Such hidden accounts would explain the desperate lengths taken to enforce this convoluted and impractical system.