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Tolls have to go ahead, says Zuma

2012-03-16 10:02

Port Elizabeth - President Jacob Zuma on Friday quashed any hopes that the planned Gauteng e-tolling system will dropped by government.

"The Gauteng economy cannot afford any impediment to the traffic flow, since such an impediment will stifle economic growth that leads to job creation," Zuma told The New Age and SABC business briefing in Port Elizabeth.

Because of increased traffic flow the roads in general were unable to cope and this had affected road users and economic development.

He said the tolling of Gauteng's roads was an issue that had been consulted on and accepted by Cabinet.

"The rationale behind the freeways improvement project is that Gauteng, which generates nearly 38% of the total value of South Africa's economic activities, has developed beyond its infrastructural capabilities.

"The open tolling system will assist government to obtain revenue that will be utilised in order to improve the road infrastructure, service debt already incurred for the upgraded freeway network in Gauteng and ensure a well-maintained and upgraded road network into the future."

He said it was understood that for people affected by serious poverty and unemployment it was an additional financial burden, however, the infrastructure development would also create jobs which would help to eradicate the burden.

"But we plead for your understanding because at the end of the day, we have to develop and strengthen the road infrastructure of Gauteng," said Zuma.

Comments
  • procold2 - 2012-03-16 10:05

    of course you would say that more money for you and your cronies to steal.

      JasonEye - 2012-03-16 10:09

      My thoughts exactly. If we knew the money would be used for better roads and development of transport system then fine.

      richard.fahrenfort - 2012-03-16 10:14

      Not to mention that if they dont go ahead with the tolling, the government pension fund is in trouble since the PIC has been buying SANRAL bonds. Quite the racket if you think about it: The government uses tax money (PIC) to get into debt with another government agency (SANRAL) through bonds, then they force the tax payers to pay for that debt (which they shouldnt need to do since the portion of the fuel levy should go to maintain roads anyway) while the profits from the scheme dont get put back into the fiscus, but are rather taken overseas by the operators who look after the tolls system.

      Jan - 2012-03-16 10:23

      @ Pythagoras. We are already paying a toilet levy. I am paying the municipality a monthly fee just to have a pipe linked to my toilet. I am also paying a monthly fee for the "right" to have a water connection to my house.

      Hans - 2012-03-16 10:30

      Doesn't matter what Zuma says. Makes no difference to me. I'm still not paying.

      rbphiri - 2012-03-16 10:31

      And he will never suffer the financial burden of the tolls. Together we can screw more. Typical fat cat...his size reinforces the statement. No even a shower head can wash his sins away

      Fred - 2012-03-16 10:34

      @Richard - agreed. Government has to make it work, because they have a MAJOR interest in it! does this not constitute some form of insider trading?

      NrGx - 2012-03-16 10:35

      so let me get this straight.... we go to the petrol station to put fuel in our car, we get taxed, then we drive to work on the freeway, and we get taxed again, then we get our salary and we are taxed AGAIN! That will be the emptiest freeway ever! F U government, you have enough of my money in your back pocket

      Neven.Subrayal - 2012-03-16 10:40

      @Pythagoras, we actually do pay a toilet levy. A percentage of your monthly water consumption get charged as sewerage/sanitation.

      methedex - 2012-03-16 10:48

      It is reported today, that the Public Investment Corporation - an investment manager for state institutions - has bought R17 billion in SANRAL bonds. 89% of this investment is made-up of the Government Employees Pension Funds. "Finally it is clear why government wants to save this project at all cost, despite it being unfeasible and despite it receiving so much public resistance. These types of cover-ups were prevalent during the apartheid regime, but never could one have imagined such a huge cover-up in our post-democratic dispensation," said Narend Singh MP, the IFP's spokesperson on Finance and on the e-tolling project. It is now clear that there are huge economic issues at stake. If the tolling project fails, Government will not only have to bail-out SANRAL, but it will also have to bail-out the civil servants' pension funds as well. We believe that this might possibly be one of the biggest post-democratic era scandals to date. I will raise this matter at the next possible opportunity at Parliament, as the taxpayer deserves answers on this matter," concluded Singh. Mr Narend Singh MP, Inkatha Freedom Party, March 11 2012

      Johannvw13 - 2012-03-16 10:50

      People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people

      John - 2012-03-16 11:14

      Since the advent of the first automobile, and with the need for roads...South Africa built the ENTIRE road network in SA with no funding from tolls. WHY, since 1994, do we have the need for tolls, everywhere, to generate all this funding ? Something is wrong. We used to have a perfect road system, no potholes, all building and repairs funded by government. Now we have potholes, and toll plazas everywhere ????? Firstly our once very good rail network has become derelict, so all heavy goods are now being transported on our roads. This is stuffing up our roads, and congesting the roads with large slow moving traffic. The second problem is the lining of pockets (we all know this). So, sort out our rail network, and force heavy items to travel by rail.....and stop the corruption and nepotism

      Sajid - 2012-03-16 11:14

      When this idiot said in his state of the nation address that infrastructure will be allocated the most money. I knew the funds had to come out of the tax payers pockets. I hate our government. What good is infrastructure if so many poor don't even have a plate of food at night. To hell with the ANC

      Richard - 2012-03-16 11:28

      ANC.. Why don't you use the taxes we pay and money from renewal of licenses to repair the roads?? Please don't lie to us, this is a 3rd level tax to support road infrastructure.

      Spyker - 2012-03-16 11:40

      @richard.fahrenfort.., KUDUS DUDE..! You have exposed the lump of excrement in the lush facade that is the f%$ck-up called the 'ANC GOVERNMENT'. We have NOOOOOO idea how deep in the soft-and-smelly these gibbons are - they simply cannot govern. The (supposed) 'government pension' is just another piece of the regime's program of 'money for votes'. A program that not only WILL fail, it is already failing - a 'program' aimed at extorting money (under armed threat if that is what is required) from a certain minority (hence the reason taxi's were quickly exempted).

      Peter - 2012-03-16 11:57

      If he stopped rewarding his cronies and fellow thieves, the tolls would probably be unnecessary. Gauteng taxpayers are paying fore the upgarde in infrastructure in Polokwane and Limpopo - WHY? We understand Zuma needs their vote to carry on with all his theft, but whay do they not pay for the roads through tax?

      Mattewis - 2012-03-16 13:16

      Let's be brutally honest: A president with who-knows how many wives & girlfriends, living like parasites off the tax payer, doesn't give a hoot about the economy. In his eyes, the only "economy" is his own wallet and those of his cronies. He probably doesn't have the slightest conceptualization of how the tolling is going to destroy the suburban roads in the Gauteng area, which has already had a devastating effect on the roads affected by the tolling of the Stormvoël- & Zambesi Rd exits. Let's see if the trade unions have the will to show their moronic government that they're aren't going to stand for this nonsense!

      ettienne.hattingh - 2012-03-16 13:18

      True, the rich (ANC) get richer and poor (everybody else), poorer.

      dewald.galjaard - 2012-03-16 14:07

      E-tolling can be stopped. See this page. http://on.fb.me/ykaQRl

      Paul - 2012-03-16 16:19

      @ Procold2 Not to mention unconstitutional!!! SO MUCH FOR FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT.

      Michael - 2012-03-16 18:09

      Correction "The open tolling system will assist government to obtain revenue that will get LOST IN THE SYSTEM aka CORRUPTION"

      marcelminnaar - 2012-03-17 14:04

      Maybe we should start implementing the ways of Al-Qaeda. Think the government will fall to its knees, cause the army is too useless to do anything, the police can be bribed, and the hawks will not be able to get close to you cause they will be closed down for investigating some government embarrassment.

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-03-16 10:06

    No one wants this toll. ANC are a bunch of Money grabbing lunatics. Zuma must take his jacket and his lunch tin and get out of parliament , We had enough of your greed.

      Andres - 2012-03-16 10:35

      I think people would be "understanding" as Zuma asks for if government proved themselves efficient and devoid of corruption. You made this awful bed you're having to sleep in. I think Gautengers would be willing to pay 30c/km if they knew the state was responsible with the rest of their tax-money. But, when you misappropriate R30billion a year, can you blame Gautengers for feeling they're forking out for government mistakes and don't trust the eToll collection process?

      rbphiri - 2012-03-16 10:40

      This is what people vote for, I fail to fathom how people who complain about poor service delivery cast their vote for the same entity time and time again. Perhaps the E-toll will serve as an epiphany and political awaking for the masses to find an alternative party. Come 2014 the ANC will realize that the nails to their coffins are closer than they thought

      Andres - 2012-03-16 10:48

      @RPhiri: Just hope people realise your comment isn't counter-revolutionary or anti-ANC. It's clever of the electorate in a democracy to show their disdain with an "X" at the ballot box. Unfortunately, politicians (DA, ANC, IFP... whomever) only know the threat of losing power. To keep politicians on their toes and make sure they know "the citizens" are the boss, you have to keep outright majority power in check. Regardless of ones' political affiliation, a well-balanced democracy makes for a better and more accountable government. I hope the electorate realise this.

      rbphiri - 2012-03-16 11:04

      @ Andres De Wet you hit the nail on the head, but as we know sweet equivocations from the government inevitably persuade the citizens bitter frustration into voting for them again. 2014 the same cycle of service delivery protests will continue, An X when exercised rationally can bring about change to SA. Hopefully common sense will prevail prior to the election.

      Andres - 2012-03-16 11:08

      Then does the onus not lie on the citizens in the presence of propaganda? Should we not be more vocal as civil-society, motivate our friends, relatives and colleagues to vote and help spread voter-education? In a democracy you get the government you deserve; so if we have an intelligent electorate, we should be able to get an intelligent government.

      ben.bezuidenhout3 - 2012-03-16 11:18

      Lunch tin? I think he eats KFC every day with our money!

      Jacqui - 2012-03-16 11:23

      The taxi drivers don't mind. They don't have to pay a cent. Brothers look after each other, they sure do.

      rbphiri - 2012-03-16 11:26

      Being more vocal as civil society and motivating our friends, relatives and colleagues to vote sensibly is a stepping stone. From what i have observed, voting is based on race, regardless of how your own race exploits your vote, you will still vote for them because u feel that the opposition is white dominated and that apartheid will inevitably be reincarnated if another colour is in poor. I won't beat around the bush, but most blacks are fed up with ANC. Than people say I am counter revolutionary when I speak about the flaws within the ANC. We will forever be a banana republic, but ironically primates would do a better job in governing the country. Than a shower head who constantly floods citizens with further taxes.

      Andres - 2012-03-16 11:56

      @RPhiri: Therein lies the power of our constitution, the very one currently under threat. Apartheid can NEVER return, as historic redress and equality are built into it. The very document the ruling party wishes to tamper with prevents anyone from ever dominating over another ever again. We MUST educate, people must learn to love the constitution, after all, Madiba was one of its pivotal authors, we should cherish it and so should all races.

      Bob - 2012-03-16 12:01

      Nice one Zuma, that little excercise should lose you a few more votes, self destruction is moving along nicely, I'm sure you will come up with more stupid plans that will hopefully speeden up the demise of your party.

      Rodney - 2012-03-16 12:03

      yeah goverment has totally lost the plot!! They focus on objectives which the majority of the citizens do not want !!

      lovenergy - 2012-03-16 12:42

      What scares me is that Zuma thinks it will only impact a small portion of people. It is SCARY that he doesn't know/admit the implications this will have on the economy. Everyone will suffer so that the fat cats can have a nice pension fund. Since Zuma took over corruption has become a joke...we can't survive another term under ANC rule

      Alan - 2012-03-16 13:31

      There is now a formal opposition forum to the tolls. Check http://www.outa.co.za/

      dewald.galjaard - 2012-03-16 14:07

      E-tolling can be stopped. see this page. http://on.fb.me/ykaQRl

      Johnathon - 2012-03-16 15:02

      Why is the pilot e-toll project where it is. The reason is that it flows through some of the more affluent suburbs of the country. Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London, Cape Town etc, do not have freeways flowing through areas of equivalent affluence. The ANC knew this was a prime target for the scheme to succeed. Once the principle of e-tolls had been accepted, it could then be expanded across the rest of the country. Zuma licked his lips dry, thinking of the hundreds of billions of rands that would soon be flowing into the ANC coffers. Next visit to New York, he could use 4 shadow planes, not just 2. A conversation Vavi gave on local radio, related how the ANC angrily reprimanded him for COSATU taking an Anti - Toll attitude. They told him that he must back off, as the ANC had worked out that e-tolls would only affect the ELITE WHITES, who were the users of this stretch of highway. ANC targeting the minority whites, for yet more & more taxes, as if they haven't contributed enough to financing the Government. In Britain, a semi - socialist Government, they kept raising taxes continuously, until they reached a point where the economy started faltering, and unemployment started to rise. i.e. population and business were so highly taxed, that businesses collapsed, and private individuals stopped buying anything. They realized they had reached the limit the population could be taxed. I suspect South Africans have now also reached that limit.

      Steve - 2012-03-29 11:25

      @RPhiri. Well put. This country needs to develop a strong opposition instead of all these little parties. There are some really progressive thinkers out there and so many excellent articles written in the daily papers. It is those viewpoints that need to be conveyed to the masses who still and always will have nothing to show for their uninformed vote. The ANC steamroller needs to be stopped and let us pray that the voters will use their heads in 2014 and not vote with their hearts. This whole toll thing is just another way for the government to try and finance their incompetency and theft.

  • Penny - 2012-03-16 10:07

    Why does the ANC make the poor people suffer? Where must the poor now get money from for the coming increases in food prices ??? Don't they care anymore?

      Dianne - 2012-03-16 10:33

      Sadly they have never cared and they never will.....it's a travesty! They only care about themselves and their cronies. They are all scum of the earth. So, so sad.

      Jacqui - 2012-03-16 11:25

      Pennywise, you ask 'don't they care anymore?' They never have.

      Jacqui - 2012-03-16 11:27

      Leonard I have had the same dream, but now I am not so sure. A Tshirt and a food parcel can still buy votes.

      dewald.galjaard - 2012-03-16 14:07

      E-tolling can be stopped. see this page. http://on.fb.me/ykaQRl

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-16 20:47

      Did they ever?

      Tony - 2012-03-17 07:54

      The only people they really care about are themselves. And just to rub salt into your wounds they will have their toll fees paid by 'the department' funded by the tax-payer.

  • Ofentse - 2012-03-16 10:07

    yada... yada spineless jz...then why are we still paying petrol levy what is that money going to be used for?

  • Darius - 2012-03-16 10:07

    NO

      dewald.galjaard - 2012-03-16 14:07

      E-tolling can be stopped. see this page. http://on.fb.me/ykaQRl

  • Gareth-P - 2012-03-16 10:08

    He said it was understood that for people affected by serious poverty and unemployment it was an additional financial burden, however, the infrastructure development would also create jobs which would help to eradicate the burden......... Excuse me... WTF

      Lubsan - 2012-03-16 11:04

      Really now...JOBS? WHAT JOB? WHEN?...*smh*

      Sean - 2012-03-16 11:17

      Just like the 500,000 jobs he promised to create last year? We lost jobs as a result of his incompotence and the anc leaching from the coffers. The only way is to get them out of power and i am not saying put the DA in power, but get the cANCer out of power.

      lovenergy - 2012-03-16 12:45

      Yeah a whopping 1200 jobs never mind the few million that will starve. Does he know how many child headed households there are in and around PTA and JHB?

      dewald.galjaard - 2012-03-16 14:08

      E-tolling can be stopped. see this page. http://on.fb.me/ykaQRl

  • Penny - 2012-03-16 10:08

    This is such a cop-out answer by Zuma. The jobs they speak of will be temporary, and the number of those jobs will not cater for every poor family around Gauteng who will be hit by food price increases.

      dewald.galjaard - 2012-03-16 14:08

      E-tolling can be stopped. see this page. http://on.fb.me/ykaQRl

      Sheik - 2012-03-16 20:41

      Food prices will go up, can't wait to see by how much.

  • Warwick - 2012-03-16 10:09

    We won't comply Zuma................ever. This is a corrupt system aggreed to by the corrupt anc and not the public of Guateng. Only the anc & their cadres will gain from this. We don't want the tolls, they will make us all poorer and lead to more unemployment................gawd you're dumb.

  • sardick.davids - 2012-03-16 10:10

    F U mr zoo...

  • Peter - 2012-03-16 10:10

    Zapiro must press on with the showerhead!!!

  • Clinton Bowden - 2012-03-16 10:11

    Zuma, what about the r20 Billion that government owes the taxpayers that was taken thru fraud, corruption and looting? Why must we pay for these mistakes? Why does government not pay for these ? Are you not the president and int control ? It does not appear not

      Steve - 2012-03-16 12:19

      I believe Clinton has a very valid point as I am sure that all the "unaccounted millions lost thru maladministration, fraud, tender overpricing thru colleagues etc. could have paid for this including the planned cape Town and KZN upgrades. A further side to this is the excessive profits being paid to the German consortium to run the system why?why?Why?

      Kent - 2012-03-16 14:53

      @Steve. Austrian consortium not German

  • Youefoh - 2012-03-16 10:11

    Planet of the apes!! whoohoo!

      Japana101 - 2012-03-16 11:52

      Looks like you are stuck in Africa. Most of uselees people your age have already left. Why are you still here? Go to civilised Chechnya or to Greece where you rightfully belong.

      lovenergy - 2012-03-16 12:54

      @Japana101, yet you are from Zim, here is a newsflash, if you are in SA you will suffer like the rest of us. Don't worry about believing us just don't complain when you can't afford to buy food here in SA. Every person on this forum against e-tolling is trying to stop a disaster from happening so take your insults elsewhere.

  • leonard.w.gray - 2012-03-16 10:11

    in weird way thank goodness this happening, now the people who voted for the ANC can properly see their asses.

      Dianne - 2012-03-16 10:37

      Trouble is they will probably vote for him again as they have absolutely no grey matter.

  • koo.doyle - 2012-03-16 10:12

    He can say wtf he likes, I for one, will NOT register. They can kiss my ass.

      Darius - 2012-03-16 10:38

      Agree, NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"0 Characters Remaining"

  • John Murray McKay - 2012-03-16 10:13

    Where is the money going? A few anc pockets perhaps?

  • Phumi - 2012-03-16 10:13

    We can all agree that Mangaung will liberate us from this sitting leadership! Amandla!!

      Anthony - 2012-03-16 11:20

      my dear phumi--i hope that this wont spoil your day but there is no chance that zuma will go at mangaung --he has 'fixed' it to make sure he stays---the other bad news is that if they can work him out , the next lot is just as incompetent and corrupt as the present lot ---when will it strike u that the anc that u voted for is not doing a very good job for u guys --is your life much improved since 1994 --i dont think so --what do u think?

      Jacqui - 2012-03-16 11:31

      At Mangaung the next failure will take front seat and everything will stay the same.

      Aijaman - 2012-03-16 14:03

      can't wait for December

  • Carry - 2012-03-16 10:13

    I THINK IT IS ABOUT TIME THE PEOPLE STAND UP AND SAY : ZUMA MUST GO

      Truthis - 2012-03-16 10:41

      The ANC must go.

      Kraken - 2012-03-16 11:51

      You know most people in the Zuma camp is against malema, and vice versa. If Zuma goes, there is a high probability that the party will overturn Malema's expulsion. Even if you hate Zuma... You must hate Malema more, right?

      wo0two0t - 2012-03-18 10:21

      Why does the ANC always have to go backward? Can't they find a good leader? Is Zuma or Malema really the best they have?

  • Terry-Lee Heuer - 2012-03-16 10:14

    I want to see COSATUS 'creative ways' now!!!

  • Chris - 2012-03-16 10:14

    "The Gauteng economy cannot afford any impediment to the traffic flow, since such an impediment will stifle economic growth that leads to job creation." The president is trying to manipulate the public with guilt. It's a sure sign the government is running out of legitimate excuses.

      vlarismam - 2012-03-16 10:41

      What a joke! There would be no (or much less) impediment to traffic flow when un roadworthy vehicles are removed (and destroyed), overloaded vehicles and illegal drivers removed (and destroyed). Traffic monitored for bad driving without the main objective being about speeding (and the lucrative fines and bribes system).

  • Martin - 2012-03-16 10:15

    go and f@ck yourself, everywhere i need to get to i can use rivonia, witkoppen, william nicol, republic, barry hertzog,hendrik potgieter, ontdekkers, main reef, beyers naude, main, jan smuts, klip river, on and on and on true the highways may be faster, but i have all fffing day, i wont use em and fuel wise its not much of a saving anyways. good luck with your sub standard flippin tarmac job... pity darryl peense didnt throw a brick showerhead

      Aston - 2012-03-16 10:56

      ok

  • Jan - 2012-03-16 10:15

    If ... Gauteng, has developed beyond its infrastructural capabilities... where are the increased business taxes obtained as result of the increased economy, the 14% VAT and 20% of petrol price and increased taxes form increased employment. Even the most basic understanding of economics say that part of your income TODAY must be used to prepare for TOMORROW. Is the Prez admitting the ANC was short sighted and is unable to plan for the future?

      kenneth.roselt - 2012-03-16 12:05

      indeed he was, indirectly of course.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-17 08:14

      Jan, sadly this seems to be the case. But it is a double whammy. Not only did the ANC neglect to plan for the future and maintain the present systems, but the taxpayer also had to pay many extra billions of Rand for this neglect, through hugely inflated salaries, unnecessary perks and corruption.

  • dewald.galjaard - 2012-03-16 10:16

    WAR!

      dewald.galjaard - 2012-03-16 12:50

      STOP COMPLAINING. DO SOMETHING. STOP E-TOLL HERE http://on.fb.me/ykaQRl

  • JohanLombard - 2012-03-16 10:17

    If the taxi's pays then I will pay. Fat chance of that happening.

      kenneth.roselt - 2012-03-16 12:05

      don't pay period.

  • Juan - 2012-03-16 10:19

    We know why we need the roads and why you need the tollgates...the problem is the manner in which this is done. No one told us about the tollgates until the roads were done. What and where is our tax money going? Shouldn’t that go for infrastructure? We must pay for the governments bad planning? Another thing is that when you toll people to use roads there must be alternative routes or ways to get to work. But public transport isn’t working or is none existing. The bit we have is unreliable and unsafe. Just look at the bus strikes and the shooting of Gautrain drivers!

      Marion - 2012-03-16 11:24

      ... and the burning of trains...

      Ina - 2012-03-16 15:28

      It is also the matter of the excessiveness of the fees charged. Toll fees starting at 5-10c per kilometre would have been much more acceptable, and would not have caused this furore. People don't like to feel that they are being fleeced.

  • Bertus Pretorius - 2012-03-16 10:19

    So we'll build roads that no one will be able to afford to drive on? We won't have money to afford cars, petrol and tolls, but we'll build more roads and be happy because we will all have a job, waving a red flag to slow the govenrment officials' merc's down due to road works ahead?

  • Carry - 2012-03-16 10:20

    COME COSATU, DA, FF ..................

  • bradley.mills2 - 2012-03-16 10:22

    Hahahahahaha!!! now the number plates come off. Civil disobedience here we come! We will not pay your corrupt government anymore than we already have... FYZ!

      dewald.galjaard - 2012-03-16 10:47

      I agree. Let's organise a day of protest and EVERYBODY remove their number plates!

      Martin - 2012-03-16 11:00

      haha wait til the tolls are running and use a full tank lapping the city over and over

      dewald.galjaard - 2012-03-16 11:03

      NO TOLL PROTEST http://tinyurl.com/8244tr8 Let's join COSATU

  • Dane - 2012-03-16 10:24

    What a joke "The open tolling system will assist government to obtain revenue that will be utilized in order to improve the road infrastructure." Where did the 30Bn wasted on corruption go Zuma? YOU(Government) are already paid to improve the road infrastructure from all the other taxes we pay! So in the end, Tax payers will now be paying a tax on a tax on a tax! Plus Petrol is going up again. The Zuma cabinet needs to give up now, they have FAILED.

      TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-03-16 10:44

      bigtime failure!!! stupid fools.

  • Trevor - 2012-03-16 10:25

    Yo Py, we are already paying toilet levies. next they are going to build a Toll at your driveway

  • Kraken - 2012-03-16 10:25

    Sure jakob. Go ahead. We just won't buy e-tags. Good luck with epic paperwork and administration.

      Klipkop - 2012-03-16 10:43

      hahahaha I like that big time.

  • aldridge.roman - 2012-03-16 10:26

    JZ is disillusioned, watch out, your time in office is almost going to end, Cosatu is gonna turn against you at Manguang

  • Elmarie - 2012-03-16 10:27

    I thought the original road improvement was for the soccer world cup anyway, so wtf now are they on about. now its about job creation....ha ha ha....bunch of bloody corrupt AHoles

  • Kevin - 2012-03-16 10:28

    just a word of warning about sanral price increases on tolls, the garden route toll plaza put its fee up on light motor vehicles from r9.50 to r35.00 overnite!!!!!!!!!!!!!fight this coruption!

      lovenergy - 2012-03-16 13:00

      Went thru there a few weeks ago, it's crazy! We as citizens need to realize that if we give in at all they can adjust the prices as they see fit without letting anyone know about it and that's their plan.

  • Kevin - 2012-03-16 10:28

    We have already paid for the roads. the thug government is using the money foe everything except where it is meant to go. Fire half the municipal staf and you would still be overstaffed. That will pay for the road

  • Dennis - 2012-03-16 10:28

    Translated into English : "Suck it up suckers" !!

      Dave - 2012-03-16 13:50

      Translated back to Zooma.....Fu@k you fu@ker...

  • Hayden - 2012-03-16 10:31

    "consulted on and accepted by Cabinet" Are these pricks being serious, no one consulted me, IM STILL NOT GIVING IN. ARE WE STILL TOGETHER IN THIS?

      shafick - 2012-03-16 11:02

      Most definitely Hayden!

      Riaan Werner Van Wyk - 2012-03-16 11:27

      Am standing beside you man, we will not be exploited!

      Anthony - 2012-03-16 12:04

      people people people --lets all stand together and not buy e tolls as we know u cant trust what zuma says and boycot pick &pay who support toll roadsand are a mouth piece for the government dont let them scare us

      dave.j.colquhoun - 2012-03-16 12:33

      All the way

  • Jo - 2012-03-16 10:32

    Democratic thinking alla ANC. What the people demand they won't get. It is time the people tell him to go.

  • lindsy.williams - 2012-03-16 10:33

    As with corruption hey Zuma....

  • Steve - 2012-03-16 10:34

    Corrupt as ever.

  • brett.macdonald1 - 2012-03-16 10:36

    Out of a budget of R 1 trillion, are you really trying to say that you can't find R 20 billion for these roads? That's only 2%...

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-03-16 10:36

    This guavamint is in for a big shock when they actually implement the tolls. If they get more than 15% payment rate I'll be VERY surprised. The civil disobedience that will come with this little abortion of theirs is going to be epic in my opinion.

      Paulnicomp - 2012-03-16 17:58

      I think this is a start of a tax revolution people are tired of paying a fortune and receiving nothing in return not even the pleasure of seeing the money used to uplift the poor.

      flysouth - 2012-03-16 19:18

      I certainly hope that the civil dis. will break the mould on this one! I believe it will. It is the only way to force this government to hear us - and it is clear that such force will be needed to judge by the arrogant stance taken since the protests by COSATU. It is as if they did not happen. Those whom the Gods wish to destroy they first make arrogant!

  • stalin.rudolf - 2012-03-16 10:37

    Mr. President, are you now telling the voters what to do? i thought the voters were supposed to tell you what to do. what is that called> (dictatorship)

  • Den - 2012-03-16 10:39

    i want all your money, got lots of wives to feed

  • Taryn - 2012-03-16 10:39

    So I wonder how many e-tags have been bought - Time SA takes a vote then we'll see. NO NO NO, NO more enough is enough

      Anthony - 2012-03-16 12:10

      taryn --i specially went into my 'local' e toll office two days a go ---i sat quietly on a bench i stayed for a good 10 minuites --NOT A SINGLE PERSON CAME IN ---NOT ONE--- WHILE I WAS THERE--i was so thrilled ,it made my day dont by e toll people --stand together

  • Stanley - 2012-03-16 10:39

    Maybe a bad move..consultation of the relevant stakeholders wouldn't do any harm to him(JZ)

  • Yaseen - 2012-03-16 10:39

    Why was this money not used to improve the Public Transport System ?

      Jacqui - 2012-03-16 11:35

      The taxis will be out of work then and you cannot screw the brothers.

  • christian.helberg - 2012-03-16 10:39

    Then use our hard earned money we pay in taxes, stop waisting our money on two planes following your jet, stop using our taxes to support yet another "first, second, third, fourth lady" and get your ministers to stop spending our money so they can live like kings and queens. Where the hell you do expect us to fork out an additional 500 rand, with the fuel and every other comodity increasing? Perhaps parliament should have basic accounting education. the large majority of South African's cant make money from "arms deals" etc.

  • Den - 2012-03-16 10:40

    i want my money

  • mike.bishton - 2012-03-16 10:40

    Verwoed, Botha....the whole bunch said the same about separate development and ultimately apartheid "It has to go ahead"...yet the masses were against it and the masses did something about it. Surely history can repeat itself?

  • Mo - 2012-03-16 10:41

    So voicing our opinions, and standing together is all in vein. Zim, we wanna be like you. No matter what the people say, the same people who put this idiot in charge, they'll decide for us anyway. We'll just have to cough up more, and pay more for everything, while these idiots have multi-million rand houses built for them, and for their new million rand cars. Enjoy your Poverty.