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To Tag or not to tag, that is the question.

03 December 2013, 10:14

Well the choice should be easy but for some, who do not understand and have not been paying attention a more confusing issue. So let me help you grasp the concept and see beyond the lies; smoke and mirrors that our esteemed government and their henchmen SANRAL have been spinning.

Kapsche TraffiCom  WILL be profiteering from the use of our roads. Nazir Alli deny’s this, claiming that TMT, a local company will get our money. FACT is that TMT(35% owned by Kapshe) has to pay ETC, a 75% Kapsche owned company.

Now Kapsche has announced to its international shareholders they are to have an increase of 50 Million Euro per year from our roads.  (R677Mil) Who is the lying? Nazir Alli an ANC government lakky or Kapsche to their shareholders?

SANRAL declares their collection fees will be 17% of the toll fees, about 8% higher then the international average. What they don’t add to that is their collection fees, which pushes their pronounced admin fees to 30%. More smoke and mirrors.

Nazi; Zuma; Peters and other henchmen state that it is unfair to use the fuel levy to collect fees to maintain Gauteng’s roads, as in why should the folks in Limpopo pay to maintain roads that they don’t use?

Well quite simply, Gauteng brings in 41% of the National Fiscus, that money is used for Limpopo, and other provincial projects. Gauteng only receives 10% of that money which it pays over to government. To say Gauteng roads are not National roads is delusional. The entire national economy revolves around Gauteng. Squeeze Gauteng you squeeze the nation.

Now some Transport Economists, under SANRAL contracts, have been telling us how Tolls will benefit us. An E-Tag is not a magic wand, it does not reduce congestion. If 300 000 cars without an E-Tag are stuck on the highway, it is equally proportionate to 300 000 cars stuck on the highway WITH an E-Tag. The only difference is that you are now paying an extra Tax to be stuck anyway.

Now speaking of taxes. The Fuel levy, that was designed to pay for these upgrades, brings in R42 Billion into the fiscus. SANRAL has for the past 18 years only used R7 Billion a year on average. You have not only paid for these roads, but they have not been maintained or upgraded. Painting an extra lane and a tar surface is not an upgrade, and also paying R100 000 000 per Km as apposed to R1 000 000 per Km needs to raise some eyebrows. Not to SANRAL is seems.

Now Government will try tell you they can’t pay for this, but let’s look at the past few years.

Last year; R33 Billion stolen, unaccounted for

R28 Billion Fruitless and wasteful expenditure

R5.7 Billion under Fraud investigation.

This year, R34 Billion fruitless and wasteful expenditure.

I’m sure the stolen and fraudulent figures will come out shortly, but consider that IF this Government actually cared and managed our Taxes according to their mandate, they could have paid for all upgrades, paid for Madupi Power Station tarred township roads, provided water; housing etc.

Now here things get murky; Kapsche Marketing director a “Chis Dover” has worked for Kapsche for the past fiveyears, his previous position was with a firm we are familiar with, BAE SAAB. They sold us a few Grippon Fighter Jets a while ago. Now that makes me look at our history of open transparent international deals, who paid what to whom and how much and lined who’s pockets?

Now to answer that question, if you buy /bought an E-Tag, you are equally guilty of supporting an inherently corrupt economically flawed system. You have stood by and endorsed extra Taxation of an already impoverished society.

What are the alternatives?  Carry on as normal, use the FREEWAYS, and demand proof of your bill. Remember 4 in 10 number plates are cloned. Overload the administration of SANRAL, and then do not pay. Have your day in court. There are Law firms and OUTA that will support you, and provide legal services to make that first case. That will be the president that will abolish Tolls altogether, as this system is a blatant violation of my rights, freedom of movement, being black listed by a “company” I have no dealings with and being Criminalised for driving on a Freeway.

Be brave, take the punch, do your part to free the country from our pending slide into Fascism.

In closing I quote Thomas Jefferson, “If laws are unjust, you are not just right to disobey them, but obligated to”

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