ANC lost support in Gauteng because of e-tolls – Outa

2014-05-12 13:09

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The decline in support for the ANC in Gauteng was due to e-tolls being forced on an unwilling public, despite the ruling party’s claims to the contrary, Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) has said.

“As much as the ANC executive tries to downplay the decline, it is massive and is largely attributed to the decision to force e-tolls on an unwilling and angry public who won’t pay for something they were not adequately consulted on or that they didn’t ask for,” Outa spokesperson John Clarke said.

In Gauteng, the ANC got 53.59% of the vote in Wednesday’s general elections, down from 64.4% in 2009.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe yesterday claimed e-tolls had nothing to do with the party’s loss of support in the province.

“It’s a misplaced debate, an emotional debate. It doesn’t talk to the working class because no province has the same infrastructure as Gauteng,” he told reporters in Joburg.

“It is a non-issue of debate,” he said, referring to whether people paid their e-toll bills.

Clarke said Mantashe was not serving the ANC’s interests by “playing along” with the SA National Roads Agency Limited’s e-tolls project.

“When the new Gauteng provincial legislature convenes, the ANC will have seven less MPLs than before, with their 40 MPLs facing a combined total of 33 opposition members from both the left and the right, all of whom were opposed to e-tolls.”

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