Cosatu: Dipuo Peters undermines David Makhura’s e-toll review panel

2014-07-16 19:26

The e-toll reprieve announced by Transport Minister Dipuo Peters means nothing as government policy on e-tolls has not changed.

“This move is an attempt to respond to the huge opposition to e-tolls and the widespread refusal to pay them,” said Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) spokesperson Patrick Craven today.

“Cosatu sees no evidence that it marks any change of government policy, especially since the minister told MPs this was being done to make it easier for people to comply with e-tolls.”

What angered the trade union federation the most was national government disrespecting the decision by Gauteng premier David Makhura to appoint a panel to study the impact of e-tolls.

“The department of transport is in effect saying that the panel’s findings will not make the slightest difference to national government policy and that e-tolls are here to stay,” said Craven.

Peters yesterday told Parliament that she trusted the concessions “will go some way towards lessening the financial burden on the part of users”.

She also said that the user-pay principle remained a policy of government.

Craven said more proof that nothing had changed was the National Prosecuting Authority stating that it had assigned two prosecutors to work with SA National Roads Agency Limited to deal with non-payment of e-tolls.

“The federation remains totally opposed to the user-pays principle, which the minister insists ‘remained a policy of government’,” he said.

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