Motlanthe meets clerics over e-tolls

2013-06-07 21:09
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Johannesburg - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe met church leaders on Friday to discuss e-tolling in Gauteng, his spokesperson said.

"The meeting was requested by the deputy president to provide an opportunity for the religious leaders to articulate and discuss their concerns in relation to the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project [GFIP]," spokesperson Thabo Masebe said in a statement.

Motlanthe met leaders of the SA Council of Churches and SA Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC).

"In their presentation, they said that while they understand the rationale behind the GFIP, they are concerned about public perceptions surrounding it and the impact of the toll roads on the poor," Masebe said.

The SACBC said in May it supported court action against e-tolling, led by the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa), and protest action by the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu).

"Anything that raises the costs of doing business in the core of our South African economy will impact on the cost of living, and will disproportionately impact on the poor," it said in a statement at the time.

"Why are we investing in more expensive public infrastructure that fails to address the desperate need for an integrated public transport system that is affordable?"

Masebe said government acknowledged the SACBC's concerns.

"[Government]... reiterated that such concerns were adequately addressed following the consultation process involving a range of stakeholders," he said.

"Government stressed that the poor will not be affected by e-tolling because of the exemptions extended to public transport users."

Read more on:    cosatu  |  outa  |  gfip  |  kgalema motlanthe  |  johannesburg  |  e-tolls

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