Makhura: E-tolls review not a PR exercise

2014-11-30 14:19

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Gauteng premier David Makhura would not divulge what recommendations the e-toll review panel because he had not read it yet and did not want to make any rash announcements.

“We don’t want to make a mistake,” he told reporters in Johannesburg today at the hand over of the report from the review panel.

“In fact one thing the panel says to us is that go and look at what we are recommending, but as you move forward just make sure you do it properly and some of you are expecting that we tell you what is the decision in five minutes. We don’t want to make ... rash decisions and make another mistake.”

There has been a public outcry over the implementation of e-tolls on Gauteng roads with many motorists refusing to pay their bills.

Panel chairperson Professor Muxe Nkondo handed the panel’s final report to Makhura at the Emoyeni conference centre in Parktown. He was accompanied by some of the panelists.

The panel was appointed by Makhura in July to examine the economic and social impact of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project and the e-tolling system set up to fund it.

Makhura today said the provincial government would study the report “seriously” and it would be tabled in the provincial legislature.

“When we speak to national and local government we must know what we are talking about.

The discussions with national and local government was an “officially agreed process”.

“Early in the new year we will conclude our process and make a determination. We will then release the report ... ” he said.

Makhura dismissed those who called the review panel a public relations exercise.

“Democracy can never be said to be a PR exercise. We are taking seriously what people have been raising.”

Makhura thanked the panelists for their hard work.

Nkondo, when he handed over the report, thanked the provincial government for putting its “trust and confidence” in the panel.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.