We want a solution – Motlanthe

2012-07-20 11:07

The best possible solutions needed to be explored for the implementation of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP), Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has said.

“There should be no overburdening of poor people with added cost,” Motlanthe said in opening remarks at a meeting between the inter-ministerial committee on the GFIP and the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) in Johannesburg today.

However, the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), which oversees the project, needed capital to fund its operation.

The committee, chaired by Motlanthe, yesterday met several businesses and representatives from Business Unity SA, the SA Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association, the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa), the Road Freight Association and religious leaders.

On March 7, Cosatu held a nationwide strike against e-tolling and labour brokering.

On April 26 an agreement was reached in a meeting between the ANC and the union to delay the implementation of the project by a month.

On April 28 the North Gauteng High Court granted an urgent interdict brought by Outa to stop implementation of the tolling system, so that a full court review could be carried out to decide if it should be scrapped.

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