News24

E-tolling postponed by a month

2012-04-26 17:04

Cape Town - The implementation of Gauteng’s e-tolling system will be postponed for a month, after an agreement between the Congress of South African Trade Unions and the ANC, the ruling party and the union federation said in a joint statement on Thursday.

Leaders of Cosatu and the ANC had earlier met to receive a report from the task team on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project.

The postponement will allow for more time to explore alternative funding for the e-tolling system.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe and Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said they are encouraged by the progress made so far.

Comments
  • zipho500 - 2012-04-26 17:10

    The people shall govern!!!!!!!!!!!

      mollie.kruger - 2012-04-26 17:22

      Did then even bother to ask OUTA for their view on the matter?

      tyron.fawcett - 2012-04-26 17:24

      "The postponement will allow for more time to explore alternative funding for the e-tolling system". Lets hope they find the trillions we have paid in fuel levy's!

      Tshidijuma - 2012-04-26 17:29

      Agreed, the government has already taken enough from us

      Leon - 2012-04-26 17:33

      yeah but dont you hate how the anc is now suddenly portrayed as the hero?

      Burtfred - 2012-04-26 17:56

      Oh, so everything is decided by the communists in Luthuli house. Why are we even bothering with the law courts?

      Arthur - 2012-04-26 18:19

      Yeah! A month? I think not... it's going to be postponed FOREVER!

      Anthony - 2012-04-26 19:27

      wtf how much did they pay u.......

  • Sharon - 2012-04-26 17:11

    Forget one month, try indefinitely!!!!

      SaintBruce - 2012-04-26 17:36

      This is a Smokescreen - The ANC and Cosatu are not parties to the court case on the go. Perhaps the counsel for SANRAL tweeted them: "we're losing this!" so the ANC scrabbled to give them time to regroup???? I can dream. But,the basic principle of a FREEWAY , as they advertised it GFIP, needs to stay. NO TOLLS. The public have been mislead one time too many.

      brett.macdonald1 - 2012-04-26 19:22

      Perhaps you should be asking why it is necessary for government to have borrowed money (and committed pensions) in the first place? Our national annual budget is just over R 1 trillion, so R 20 billion is just under 2% of this. On top of that government has had more than enough time to plan for this, so this 2% doesn't need to come from only one financial year… So again, why involve an Austrian/Swedish company? Also, it's not like our country was trying to build a spaceship that needs foreign expertise. It's just plain roads, nothing more complex… In order to build roads, we need cement, tar, stones, some steel, sand and labour. Here in South Africa we have all of the above in abundance. So again, why did we need to borrow foreign funds for such a small and simple project? Why in-debt our consumers through e-Tolls in a way that will make us pay far more for this for many years to come? Is it only me that thinks that this reeks of the same kind of offshore corruption as the Arms Deal?

  • Sergio - 2012-04-26 17:12

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH ANC & COSATU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO MAKE HARD EARNED MONEY LIKE EVERY OTHER LOYAL TAX ABIDING CITIZEN.

  • David - 2012-04-26 17:13

    The ANC? Surely the govt makes decisons,not the party. Or is President Vavi merely advising Foreign Minister Jacob Zuma?

      Gogs Lombard - 2012-04-26 17:27

      Truer word was never spoken in jest

      brett.macdonald1 - 2012-04-26 17:36

      The longer the public are angry about this and looking at it carefully, the better chance of corrupt deals in this e-Tolls saga being exposed. Maybe the ANC are running scared that too much spotlight will expose corruption, therefore they might rather use our tax budget to pay for this, rather than tolling which is drawing so much unwanted attention...

      Arthur - 2012-04-26 18:23

      Absolutely.

  • pjn123 - 2012-04-26 17:15

    Hopelik van uitstel kom afstel

  • brianmacza - 2012-04-26 17:17

    The Public Protector needs to get involved and find out where the bodies are buried... there are too many inconsistencies in the storyline, and the possibility of the contracted company being aligned with the previous arms scandal is quite strong.

      brett.macdonald1 - 2012-04-26 17:37

      There must be a logical reason for this back-tracking: The longer the public are angry about this and looking at it carefully, the better chance of corrupt deals in this e-Tolls saga being exposed. Maybe the ANC are running scared that too much spotlight will expose corruption, therefore they might use our tax budget to pay for this, rather than tolling which is drawing so much unwanted attention…

      George - 2012-04-26 17:40

      I believe Beyleveld is still in business. I would give him a week and he will have them lined up. Public money was stolen from the pension fund and given to fund an illegal scheme to defraud the public. No other conclusion comes to mind.

  • Chad - 2012-04-26 17:18

    Pure backhanded politics. ANC show compassion, Cosatu power.... teamwork.... Vavi and Zuma probably shower together....

      Dave - 2012-04-26 19:13

      Quick mental picture.......ooh yuk....

  • mollie.kruger - 2012-04-26 17:18

    Did they ask OUTA?

  • Andre - 2012-04-26 17:19

    it's worrying that it is the ANC that decided to+ postpone and not the elected government officials. This is not a one-party state, this is supposed to be a democracy, or that is what we are lead to believe! Just proves how skew the system has gotten!

  • Pierre Joubert - 2012-04-26 17:22

    However you look at it, What is going to happen is that I won't be able to afford a Domestic worker. So what is also happening with the petrol levies that are supposed to be used for the upgrade of the roads???

  • Tebogo - 2012-04-26 17:22

    very said when those ruling have no idea of how people strugle and yet they still want to opress them.

  • Gogs Lombard - 2012-04-26 17:24

    Does SANRAL report to the ANC in Lethuli House? I've said all along that somebody somewhere stands to gain from this. What they are saying is we'll see where we can steal the money less openly.

  • George - 2012-04-26 17:25

    Maybe they haven't heard but the SA people have decided to postpone it forever, at least till Jesus comes. Everywhere you look they (the skelms) are coming out of the woodwork. So ANC == de govmnt. Judge Bill needs to send them all packing on Saturday. He should not only interdict SCAMRAL but order that any spending over R1 million by this govnmnt should be overseen by a citizens committee, until we have a new guvnmnt. Clearly they have great trouble dealing in higher quantities. So complex no one can understand. Eish. The only financial planner I trust is the businessman who creates wealth, a lot of which goes in taxes to feed the miscreants. Beware Judge Bill.

  • Bobo - 2012-04-26 17:28

    I`ll say it again down with ANC Dictatorship me and all my farm workers will NOT Vote ANC ! You steal my money and those of my workers !

  • ashley.keung1 - 2012-04-26 17:29

    I Say we stand together and make another Egypt happen, if the ANC carrys on like this they going to be sorry

  • Rethabile - 2012-04-26 17:29

    Viva comrade Vavi viva,eventualy this system will blow away.

  • morneoosthuizen - 2012-04-26 17:30

    1 month = enough time for everyone to go and break down the structures, one, by one...

      Roger - 2012-04-26 19:48

      Get in Quick whilst the price of copper is high, so much on the market will depress it .High definition cameras are still at a premium in Europe for Television.

  • amos.magezi - 2012-04-26 17:31

    Thanks Mr Vavi you are fighting for poor south africans. We will support you. Viva Vavi Viva.

  • Pierre Joubert - 2012-04-26 17:31

    Yeah... Well done Government. Unemployment for 1000s here we come!!!

  • Pierre Joubert - 2012-04-26 17:32

    Well said Ashley

  • FeebleGastro - 2012-04-26 17:39

    "The implementation of Gauteng’s e-tolling system will be postponed for a month, after an agreement between the Congress of South African Trade Unions and the ANC, the ruling party and the union federation said in a joint statement on Thursday." I don't trust this at all - nothing, niks. The ANC is pulling COSATU back into the lager (if they ever were out of it).

      Muisie - 2012-04-27 10:27

      Judge Bill must give the public the chance to find out exactly who is invested in this SANRAL scam.....if not we will have another WeaponsScandal scenario on our hands

  • Rhyno - 2012-04-26 17:39

    What happened to separation of powers? Shouldn't Government decide on the issue??? At least make an effort to hide the fact that the country is governed from Luthuli House, rather than the Union Buildings!

  • boramk - 2012-04-26 17:42

    Why a month? We should have said no COMPLETELY!

  • randomhero6661 - 2012-04-26 17:42

    boooyakasha

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-04-26 17:46

    I feel Outa should still continue with the court bid just to push home the matter even more, with a judicial order to halt e-tolling....lest us be sure that there are no new alliances been formed over the next month. As alternative funding methods might only mean renegotiation of who stands to benefit by being included in the back hands that is surely going to be discovered as more and more investigators start to research the rot that lies beneath "SCAMRAL"

      John - 2012-04-26 18:10

      They will.

  • Frank - 2012-04-26 17:48

    Correction News24 e tolling is NOT postponed! ANC and COSATU will ask gvd to put hold to E-tolling! It is not clear if gvt will agree or not to that request so please stop feeding people propaganda!

      dave.prinsloo - 2012-04-26 18:05

      even news24 now thinks party and state is one thing. Same old NP tactics, same old arrogant politicians

  • John - 2012-04-26 17:54

    First round to the people

  • John - 2012-04-26 17:59

    What has this to do with the court case? Surely the legal process must continue. Another month to come up with alternative funding.................national fuel levy will cost about an extra R25000 per month to administer. All the collection is done by the oil companies and a simple cheque from central governnnet to Sanral finishes the job. QED.

  • Foremind - 2012-04-26 18:01

    Give Vavi a bells... This means I'll have R550 to pay buy my kids groceries for this month.

  • kamal.naran - 2012-04-26 18:05

    dont celebrate just yet.. what happened to scrapping the e-tolls Vavi?

  • kamal.naran - 2012-04-26 18:05

    dont celebrate just yet.. what happened to scrapping the e-tolls Vavi?

  • Warren - 2012-04-26 18:08

    Those in charge admit they 'wouldn't do this again'- thus I assume they f$%d up,if I made a mistake this costly in my job I'd be fired-and these guys are LEADERS of business,I say they should all stand down and have them named and shamed in the press-photos everywhere- so people can see who these knobs are that caused this mess.

  • Clive - 2012-04-26 18:17

    Cosatu, the SACP and ANC is one organisation dressed up in different guises to play carrot and stick games all to confuse the public and masses with smoke and mirror charades. Dont be fooled by all the role playing charades. The resistence was very well foreseen and this is just part the envisaged and planned process to manage the problem. In the end the ANC will walk away smelling of roses having "served the best interests of the people", once again. The ANC are masters of deception - wake up people and smell the roses. The odds in court case is against SANRAL and this is just a contingency plan!

  • kev47 - 2012-04-26 18:23

    Well done COSATU!

      Ed - 2012-04-26 18:41

      Kev47...stop and ask yourself how Vavi and Mantashe are able to make this decisioon? Since when are either of them ministers or even in Parliament. If they are allowed to hold hands and mnake this decisoion, be VERY very afraid for what will follow...what will their next decision be and on what topic??? I fear for my rights and for democracy.

  • neilza - 2012-04-26 18:25

    the government that brought the tolls in anyways is the government that most of south africa asked for. if you voted ANC stop complaining. but nice that the tolls are postponed again

  • rwalters4460 - 2012-04-26 18:27

    Confused , why ANC , should it not say Government not a party have come to an agreement . Once in Power they are government not a party ???

  • Maetsane - 2012-04-26 18:30

    They can not do that.There is a court process underway. They must wait for the ruling on Saturday.They hired some of the most expensive counsel to plead their case in court at great expense to us the taxpayer.The counsel were instructed to argue that a further postponement would be catastrophic for the country.What changed between this morning and this afternoon? Are they trying to influence the judge. Too little too late!

  • Kabelo - 2012-04-26 18:31

    1.Information bill 2.e-tolls lastly and not on the list service delivary,education and job creation. The reason they dnt bring money to the anc but deemad.

      Ed - 2012-04-26 18:36

      Smell that? Something really fishy going on here! Firstly there is a high court application process going on, second, how can Cosatu and the ANC make this decision? Since when are either of them ministers, let alone even in parliament??? Hell, if Vavi and CURRUPTU are now making the decisions, I'm outta here!

  • IcemanGP - 2012-04-26 18:33

    AH, an agreement between Cosatu and cANCer, and NOT Scamral. Jus knew it was a government thing to screw us. Don't postpone it, DESTROY IT!!!!!!

  • barry.dogg.fritz - 2012-04-26 18:34

    Was this etolling put out to tender or did goverment just push it through cause they thought they can

      Muisie - 2012-04-27 10:34

      Yes ,they do put out a tender....for the highest bribes and backhands.

  • thechrisberryshow - 2012-04-26 18:42

    ...but I just read an argument by the treasury stating that if SANRAL defaults on just 1 payment the entire loan amount must be paid, so if May was to be the first month of loan repayment and now its postponed, were do they plan on getting the full loan amount from ?!?!?! (even if June was the month for the first loan repayment, with low registrations, how were they planning on issuing fines AND collecting payment within 30 days for the first loan repayment?)

  • Tommie - 2012-04-26 18:45

    Don't trust these talks between the ANC and Cosatu. Are the ANC trying to get Cosatu to share in the spoils? There must be a lot of money available to split between the brothers in arms for e-tolling. We better watch these talks.

  • pieter.kunz - 2012-04-26 18:47

    is it just me or did the ANC screw itself and SANRAL here by postponing tolls for a month, after SANRAL used it in court as point of defence that they cannot afford another postponement. I think they just helped OUTA by doing this as it will increase the strength of getting an interdict against e-toll which is making the armsdeal seem like a drop in the ocean of corruption compared to the whole e-tolling scheme

  • Phuti - 2012-04-26 18:48

    Hope VAVI was not paid ANC not to make noise about e-tolls.we want the cancellation of of the whole thing.

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-04-26 18:50

    Calm before the storm

  • Kaapseklonk - 2012-04-26 18:53

    Is this an attempt to play with SA Courts.Is this a disguise by COSATU and the ANC to stop the courts exposeing the fraud and corruption involved in the etolling.Is this the ANC makeing flip flop desicisions,because the courts will hear why the general made the desicision to charge SA Public.I believe the DA is right with the way the have sumed up COSATU,for why did they back out of their planed mark on monday?Only conclusion is COSATU warned ANC about the courts exposing ANC government corruption of etolls.

  • Kaapseklonk - 2012-04-26 18:53

    Is this an attempt to play with SA Courts.Is this a disguise by COSATU and the ANC to stop the courts exposeing the fraud and corruption involved in the etolling.Is this the ANC makeing flip flop desicisions,because the courts will hear why the general made the desicision to charge SA Public.I believe the DA is right with the way the have sumed up COSATU,for why did they back out of their planed mark on monday?Only conclusion is COSATU warned ANC about the courts exposing ANC government corruption of etolls.

  • george.pito - 2012-04-26 18:56

    What heppened to the court case seems that it was just window dressing as ther is another law. So new case this is proof of the fiasco

  • Lynda - 2012-04-26 19:12

    ha ha love it

  • Dave - 2012-04-26 19:16

    But the case still proceeds....the Sanral lawyers must be feeling like real chops right now, and Judge Prinsloo can only have a field day with this....Saturday will be very interesting when he delivers his verdict