DA maintains pressure on Gauteng tolls

2011-10-24 10:55

The DA will continue to pressure the department of transport and the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) until the proposed toll tariffs in Gauteng are scrapped completely, the party said today.

“We will continue to take a stand for the millions who will be negatively affected by this system,” Democratic Alliance MPL Janet Semple said in statement.

“Jobs will be lost, the cost of living will increase and the marginalised members of our society will be asked to pay more from an ever diminishing pool of resources.”

She said the party welcomed Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele’s order to halt all processes relating to the toll, but were aware that Sanral was still pursuing the project.

“The DA encourages the public not to register for the tolling system e-tags until... issues are resolved,” she said.

These issues pertained to the financial security of motorists, incorrect toll charges, the use of illegal number plates and the release of a detailed report on the cost of the project.

DA members protested against the tariffs at the Pan Africa Mall in Alexandra, north of Joburg, on Saturday Protesters handed out pamphlets instructing people on how to campaign against the tolls.

Similar protests took place in Nigel, on the East Rand, and Soshanguve, in Pretoria.

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