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

2014-10-03 15:46

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Gauteng ANC chairperson Paul Mashatile has launched a scathing attack on roads agency Sanral over the issue of e-tolls.

Delivering the political report at the provincial conference in Tshwane, Mashatile accused the roads agency of trying to dictate to politicians over the issue of tolling of Gauteng freeways and the controversial review panel set up by Premier David Makhura to assess the impact of tolls of Gauteng residents.

“The people of Sanral … they have been making a lot of noise. They forget they don’t run this country but we [do]. Government agencies must understand they don’t run this country, the ANC does. It’s not that I dislike Sanral, they must know their [place]. I don’t like government agencies that take on politicians. They must go and get elected first,” he said to loud applause from delegates.

Mashatile said Sanral could not tell the ANC what to do because it was the ruling party and the agency must implement what the party instructed it to.

He strongly defended the review panel, saying the province had consulted with Luthuli House before announcing the panel and that its recommendations were going to be implemented.

“We did raise this matter with head office and some were even trying to say we are raising this issue of e-tolls because we want to embarrass the president. We can never do that, President [Jacob] Zuma is our President. One of the first people that Makhura discussed [this] with was the president. The review panel is currently in place. It will do its work, it will report and its report must be implemented,” he said.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte were present on stage.

The e-toll review has pitted the province against the national department of transport, which has reminded the province that it has no power to review national policy. The department has refused to appear before the panel and has instructed its agency Sanral not to appear as well. The review has also divided the ANC, with Duarte opposed to tolling while secretary-general Gwede Mantashe does not approve of Gauteng’s campaign against e-tolls.

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