Fuel levy considered as alternative to e-tolls – Paul Mashatile

2014-10-06 08:43

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The ANC in Gauteng wants to submit alternatives to e-tolling in the province, chairperson Paul Mashatile has said.

“At the conference, we did not talk about scrapping the e-tolls. We said we don’t support e-tolling in its current form,” he told reporters at the end of a three-day elective summit in Pretoria yesterday.

“[It was decided that] the [provincial executive committee] should go and make presentations to the review panel on its behalf. One of the things that was thrown in at conference was a fuel levy.”

Mashatile said the agency would decide what should happen to staff from the South African National Roads Agency Limited who had been dedicated to the e-tolling system.

“I am sure they can be reskilled and given other jobs. I am sure there is a lot of work for them,” said Mashatile.

“The work of Sanral is not only e-tolls. They also do roads nationally, but we will leave that to Sanral to decide.”

On Friday, Mashatile told delegates at the conference that recommendations of the e-tolls review panel will be implemented.

Read: Paul Mashatile to Sanral: You don’t run this country, we do

Gauteng premier David Makhura established a review panel to examine the economic and social effect of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project and the electronic tolling system set up to fund it.

The panel is expected to present its findings to Makhura at the end of November.

Provincial secretary Hope Papo said the summit had resolved yesterday to oppose e-tolls in the province.

He was reading out declarations at the three-day elective conference.

“The current system is too expensive. Traffic flow has been negatively affected. We would rather have a fuel levy,” said Papo to applause from hundreds of delegates.

He said the party provincial structure would seek to make submissions to a review panel established by Gauteng Premier David Makhura to probe the socioeconomic impact of the e-tolls.

President Jacob Zuma did not address the conference as scheduled yesterday.

In Zuma’s place, African National Congress deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte gave a brief speech.

“There is clearly an attempt to delegitimise our movement in the eyes of the people despite the many great things we have done in the past 20 years,” she said.

“Even today, this conference has been reduced to the fact that the president is doing work somewhere else. There is no gap between the Gauteng leadership and the [ANC] national executive committee.”

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