State rejects Nazir Alli’s resignation

2012-05-31 10:26

The government has rejected Nazir Alli’s resignation as chief executive of the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral).

Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said that government and the board had not accepted the reasons for his resignation.

Replying to a question about how the search for a new chief executive was going, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said there was no such thing as Sanral already had a chief executive.

Motlanthe leads a government inter-ministerial committee established to find solutions to the impasse over e-tolling.

Alli resigned a few weeks ago following a urgent court ruling which placed an indefinite stay on the implementation of e-tolls.

A senior government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Ali’s reasons for resigning were personal, and that Ndebele didn’t want to make him a scapegoat for the funding problems faced by the Gauteng freeway improvement project.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said government was considering coming up with an appropriation bill to fund Sanral so that it could meet its contractual and financial obligations.

He said Sanral was losing R270 million a month, and that the figure could shoot up to R600 million a month over time.

The e-tolling system cost Sanral R20 billion.

The team has agreed to make public information about the 33 e-tolls subcontractors, and asked anyone with information about the allegations of tender impropriety to approach law-enforcement authorities.

But the committee looks set to push for the implementation of e-tolling as government has decided to appeal the North Gauteng High Court ruling.

Motlanthe said the trial judge had “overstepped the line” in imposing an indefinite stay on the implementation of e-tolling.

The other indication is government’s insistence on the establishment of adequate alternatives to using tolled roads, including buses, trains, taxis and alternative routes.

“While we continue to consult, we must bear in mind that there is a public debt that needs to be repaid and the longer we take to resolve this impasse the worse the country’s financial situation becomes,” Motlanthe said.

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.