We have crossed the bridge and the Government has drawn a line in the sand. Are you all man enough to cross it? Are you going to sit back and wait for someone else to put a stop to this madness?
Kapsch TraffiCom is not a "Kaap se maatskapy", it is an off shore Austrian company that announced to its shareholders it will profit 50 Million Euro's per year out of the South African motorists in Gauteng. The ANC Government subsidiary SANRAL will enforce this by criminally prosecuting you if you don't pay up. The most inefficient collection system known to man, where 83% of the collection goes to the investor, the rest in admin fees and the few cents left to maintain our roads.
Are we now to become criminalised, like outlaws if we drive on our own Hi-ways, that have no alternative routes? This all so that the Government can rake in Billions of Rand a month in a double Taxation? We have paid Fuel Levy TAX’s to the tune of R41.7 Billion per year, the Government has spent a pitiful R7 Billion per year on the upkeep and upgrading of the roads. However the coffers need replenishment because the combined central and local Government’s fruitless and wasteful expenditure exceeds R160 Billion this year alone.
Bring that into context; it’s the price of Medupi Power Station, or three Arms Deals; or Five Soccer World Cups, or Four Million RDP homes, in one year.
Nazi Alli claimed on 702 Radio that we are law abiding citizens and will do the right thing. Does he believe because something is signed into law it makes it good, respectful and justified? Like the Group Areas Act, that was a law, as was the Natives Land Act of 1913. I’m sure if I look into the unjust laws of the Hendrik Verwoerd Government, there will be hundreds of laws that were passed that did not pass the pressure test of justice and fairness.
Vusi Mona, spokesperson and general spin-doctor for SANRAL gloats now that if you don’t buy a tag and use our stolen, and leased out freeways for profit, you will be liable to criminal prosecution and will get a criminal record. Bullying Fascist tactics are now the utterances coming out from SANRALs mouths. If you push someone Mona, you had better be ready to get pushed back.
BAT, “Bikers Against Tolls”, will be pushing back. We as a group of concerned citizens will not accept this Bill, no matter who signs it. We will campaign to encourage others to man up and support the “Don’t Tag” call from OUTA, COSATU and other anti-Urban Tolling groups. The motorists will be inconvenienced when these protests take place, and we apologise up front for this, but it’s for the good of the poor, the over taxed and the citizens that do not have a voice, as our democracy starts to morph into a Fascist government.
This bill is not for your benefit, will not service the Roads and is designed to rake in cash to the government coffers by the billions. This is a WEALTH TAX. Nothing more, nothing less. It is time to stand up and be counted.
Minister Peters announced on SABC news that its not fair that people in other provinces and towns pay for Gauteng roads. That may sound like a convincing argument seen at face value, only we know the animal we are dealing with. SANRAL is currently looking to change the law so that our moneys can be used to assist in the neighbouring states road infrastructure, will see the moneys collected from Gauteng to upgrade roads in Polokwane, Limpopo etc. They offer no guarantee that the moneys collected will be used ONLY in Gauteng. As a matter of fact, they already use maintenance funds to provide education scholarships to NON Road Engineering students, social upliftment and other non-Road maintenance and upgrade projects. Surly this isn’t their mandate?
User must pay to drive on our already paid for roads, where our Fuel Levy was supposed to provide for this. Government, past and present have hi-jacked the Fuel Levy to support other projects, efficient honourable or otherwise and now hands out a budget to the departments to make do with what they can.
Now to appease the filling stations an extra 5c to the litre has been added to pay for a private company’s labour costs. What’s wrong with this picture? Next will be Ballies Towing Services saying they also need a cut to cover their losses, so why not add another 1c/Litre for him too?
With five million employed Tax payers carrying the burden of 55 million people, the money pot is depleting, with no end in sight. Are the citizens going to really buy into this poor form of governance and capitulate? Run off and buy an E-Tag, because it’s too much bother to oppose this form of Fascism?
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not inherited; it has to be fought for, protected. Handed on from one generation to the next to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children, and our children’s children what it was like once to be free in South Africa.
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