By John Moodey MPL, DA Gauteng Provincial Leader:
Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau, by publically stating his opposition to e-Tolling of Johannesburg’s roads, has taken a bold step in going against national and provincial ANC policy by speaking out against this unjust exploitation of road users.
According to reports, Mayor Tau spoke at the Nedbank-New Partnership for Africa’s Development conference, and made it emphatically clear that the proposed second phase e-toll routes would not be sustainable, as no adequate and viable alternative public transport was in place.
Other than the cumbersome administration and operational costs, this is a point not only made by the DA, but every study conducted into the feasibility of this project.
It is heartening however that Mayor Tau is willing to break rank with the ANC and choose to put the people of his city and this province first.
The question is of course whether he can stick to his word, unlike Gauteng Premier David Makhura, who betrayed the people of Gauteng and buckled under pressure from the national ANC.