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ANC welcomes Gauteng toll tariffs

2011-08-12 22:28

Cape Town - While Cabinet's approval of toll tariffs on the Gauteng freeway improvement project (GFIP) infuriated most organisations, the ANC on Friday welcomed Cabinet's "bold" move.

"The ANC commends the bold and progressive step by Cabinet for endorsing the revised toll tariffs on the GFIP, which will see all taxis and buses being entirely exempted," spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said in a statement.

This would also result in motorists, motorcyclists, and truck drivers paying much reduced toll fees, he said.

"We are equally impressed that the department of transport has taken on board and listened to the views and concerns of the public, something that has led to the revised toll fee structure."

The ANC had always maintained that the GFIP should not be done at the expense of the public or impact negatively on the cost of doing business in Gauteng or anywhere else in South Africa.

"We agree with the assertion that the improvement of our road infrastructure should not be a burden to those it is supposed to benefit - the road users.

"We urge all South Africans to welcome these revised tariffs, particularly the exemption of public transport from the tariff structure," Mthembu said.

Elite-driven, moneymaking scheme


Earlier on Friday, the SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu) called on the working class and the poor to stand up against Gauteng tolling because it "is an elite-driven, moneymaking scheme".

"There is no compelling reason why the working class had to be overburdened by toll fees when they are still fighting for decent living wage[s]," national spokesperson Mamokgethi Molopyane said.

"The department of transport has failed to understand the needs of the South African public.

"We call on the working class and poor to unite and stand side by side in fighting this e-tolling monster. Through our marches, demonstrations, and pickets we will bring this behemoth to its knees," she said.

She said motorists would end up with empty pockets and it made no sense to be tolled on something residents were already taxed on.

Cabinet approved reduced toll tariffs for the GFIP phase A1, on Wednesday.

Motorcycles would pay 24c a kilometre, light motor vehicles 40c, medium vehicles R1, and "longer" vehicles R2, Deputy Transport Minister Jeremy Cronin told reporters on Thursday.

Qualifying commuter taxis and buses would be exempted entirely.

In addition to the 31% e-tag discount, other discounts applicable would be a time of day discount available to all vehicles, and a frequent user discount for motorcycles and light motor vehicles fitted with an e-tag.

Cash cows

Cabinet had agreed that Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele should give effect to the approval in terms of the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and National Roads Act.

Civil rights group AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel said motorists were being reduced to cash cows.

"It is outrageous that the burden to finance the toll roads now lies with ordinary motorists, considering that taxis and buses are completely exempted from toll fees," Kriel said in a statement.

The situation had worsened since motorists would not be able to claim back their toll expenses from taxable income, unlike transport companies and taxis who would be able to, he said.

"Despite income tax, fuel levies, vehicle licences, and toll fees which motorists have to pay, they will also be expected to pay VAT on toll fees.

"If tax was an investment, it would have been a poor investment, since a large group of taxpayers enjoy little - if any advantage from their tax money," Kriel said.

AfriForum would ask its legal team to investigate the possibility of taking legal action against the unfair way ordinary motorists were being discriminated against, he said.

The Young Communist League said it was disgusted over the approved tariffs and asked government to scrap the project entirely.

The league would also mobilise its membership and communities if their call was not heeded, national spokesperson Mafika Mndebele said.

Comments
  • Atoombom - 2011-08-12 22:40

    The ANC can chew my big knobb. My next move is to stop paying my taxes as well

      Pigscanfly - 2011-08-12 23:10

      I think we should all start withholding all forms of taxes we can, we are becoming one of the worlds heaviest taxed nations. Remember, if South Africa is such a great place to live, why are there only 50 million people living here and not 7 Billion?

      cliffarc - 2011-08-12 23:12

      - The tipping point of the compliant , law abiding citizens is near. A govt, can only exploit the minorities for so long, before they will make a stand . That point is now.

      JadedJay - 2011-08-13 07:05

      @ Khoza...yeah...you don't pay taxes...so blah blah to your services when we don't pay.

      HogHo - 2011-08-13 07:31

      M.Khoza............you are an R Sole

      Baksteen - 2011-08-13 08:20

      @atoombom: How do we stop paying taxes, I'm an employee, I have no choice. Maybe we should rather go ape-sh#t and start burning things like the natives do.

      Mthetwa - 2011-08-13 09:10

      Naturally they would "APPROVE" They will pocket it

      Mthetwa - 2011-08-13 09:12

      Lets all UNITE as one. Boycott the tolling. DO NOT BUY E-TAGS

      Francois - 2011-08-13 09:36

      Dear Minister Sbu, does the taxi owners have you by the balls or did you have to trade them in when you were appointed a minister? Can you please ensure that since the taxis are exempt and we, the motorist have to pay for better highways, which the taxis use, that the taxis at least do it within the realms of the law as to keep the now expensive roads safe? Thus no speeding by taxis, no yellow line driving, no non road worthy taxis on the road, no changing lane without using the indicator, keeping a safe following distance? And for buses, if they cannot travel at least 80km per hour, they are also to be fined (heavily, they are in fact killers) and they must keep to the left lane. We will be surprised if you show leadership - at least then we get some entertainment from the toll fees.

      tiotudg - 2011-08-13 11:36

      Pigscanfly, sTEM SAAM, MAAR, WAG, DIE BILJOENE VAN zIMBABWE, moZAMBIEK, sOMALIE, EN WIE WEET WAAR NOG IS VINNIG OPPAD NA SA DIE SUPER WELSYNSTAAT VAN DIE WE^RELD.

      Mike_L - 2011-08-13 13:32

      Surprise, surprise! In the end, it turns out to be just another spite-the-white tax. The time for civil disobedience is upon us.

      Mike_L - 2011-08-13 14:41

      Or (amending the above) it's more correctly a tax that hits the already-beleagured middle class, which includes all races. Notwithstanding taxi exemptions, all population groups will be hit by this. And Gauteng is just the thin edge of the wedge.... they've already stated that the system will eventually be implemented in other provinces as well.

      Democrat2011 - 2011-08-13 16:10

      This is where I expect the opposition political parties to stand up and promise us an alternative to fund this extravagance by our govt. Where are they? What the govt is doing is trying to bankrupt motorists and are scared of taxis because they are able to mobilise. Taxis use this freeway (more than ordinary motorists) but are exempted from paying. Taxis do not even pay tax, yet they are let off the hook. This is madness. We are now banking on Cosatu to fight our battle. Motorists are paying too much already to be able to handle this. We are paying exhorbitant prices for our cars, despite that we make them, and sell them cheaper to the 1st world. We pay an unreasonable carbon tax when we buy new cars (where does it end up?). We pay huge tax on fuel (whose calculation leaves a lot to be desired). We pay an exhorbitant vehicle fees for our disc. We pay exhorbitant toll fees in our National roads, some of which have not been improved in ages, like the N4 from Pta to Nelspruit. Can we get a better model than this heavy tax burden combined with the huge toll. Cosatu, please help!

  • M. Khoza - 2011-08-12 22:40

    just register your car as a taxi and pay no toll fees, as simple as skipping a red robot ;)

      Jeff - 2011-08-13 00:43

      Love it!!! lol

      majordad.007 - 2011-08-13 07:29

      Lovely species of social person. "Don't pay" because I can, (find a way I can avoid to). Pay your share, so just like the taxi who doesn't pay they are also those who don't declare their tax income either, so they don't pay again. Someone has to pay. When you pay you start to make "real" decisions! Get rid of the parliament, people who are "expensive" and don't manage "my" money very well. The more you pay, the more you say and demand.

      Craigr - 2011-08-13 10:55

      With the monies that the 'poor and suffering' taxi industry saves, they can start a new shipping line as well as an airline

      Atoombom - 2011-08-13 21:09

      That is a brilliant idea!!!!

  • spd123 - 2011-08-12 22:49

    Just a tax against white people again!!!!

      Odie - 2011-08-13 12:30

      When is the last time you looked around yourself in traffic. Even in "White areas" you are probably in the minority as a white person in traffic. Its plain straight forward opportunism by the Government.

  • Daveza - 2011-08-12 22:59

    Dear government Taxis are NOT public transport. If you insist on calling it so then we will presume ou are responsible for them and the public can claim from you when we are injured or maimed. We will also presume you are responsible for all traffic fines which must be paid from the income, not from our tax. If you decide after this they are indeed not public transport then we demand to know why this huge PRIVATE industry is the only one in the country from which SARS does not collect tax.

      Pigscanfly - 2011-08-12 23:07

      Well said and good thoughts to chew on the fat. Just don't pay for the toll fees. Let the concerned organization go through the necessary legal work to collect the fees, it won't be worth it in the end for the government. PLEASE NOTE. Put vaseline or something similar on your windscreen over your license disk so the cameras can't pick up your vehicles details

      Daveza - 2011-08-12 23:29

      And to answer my own question, the reason why you do not collect tax from the taxi industry is simple. You are spineless cowards who don't have the courage to dare take them on. And it's just so much easier to burden those who put in a decent days graft and who till now have limited our anger to rhetoric. Freebies for these thugs and more leeching from the tax-paying motorist may just be a bridge too far, even for us.

      Joe drodsky - 2011-08-13 07:28

      Spot on. Why does Taxis get fuel subsidies when they do not pay taxes. SARS say it is a CRIME to lie on your tax returns. Even the one kilometer you use privately with your company car must be reported as private. I guess the Taxis have more power than our Government.

      mike881 - 2011-08-14 10:35

      @ Pigscanfly, vaseline on windscreen won't work. The cameras will be using the vehicle number plates to get the details. Thus ensure your number plate cannot be read.

  • cava1 - 2011-08-12 23:00

    uhm, cabinet = ANC. Congratulations on patting yourself on the back. However, kudos on delaying this until after the municipal elections. By the next elections you can just disguise this type of conduct with your racist rhetoric. Go ANC!

  • Deric Slabberts - 2011-08-12 23:00

    OF COURSE they approve, they will be stealing more money because of it! I will be skipping those tolls for sure, and now way in hell I am paying for them if I do go through them.

      cliffarc - 2011-08-12 23:16

      - Sure they're ecstatic - more of them jumping on the gravy train.

  • evanknowles - 2011-08-12 23:06

    The ANC is gonna make soooooo much money out of this :D

      BigD - 2011-08-13 07:08

      I am not so sure what you are referring to. Do you mean some people in the anc are going to make money or that the government will be making money to continue with road upgrades. The two cots bantered about for the 8 year project for build and operate to TMT is R14 to R20 billion. Yet 51% of the project is in overseas company hands.

  • Left Screwed - 2011-08-12 23:11

    ANC welcomes Gauteng toll tariffs, it gives them other revenue stream to get their greasy paws on.

  • spd123 - 2011-08-12 23:36

    The revised toll tariffs are the tariffs they wanted in the 1st place.They went in high-populace complained etc-revised the tariff and exempted taxis and buses to keep the sheeple happy which = happy underclass =middle class or whats left of it to fund this monster!!!!

  • letsee - 2011-08-12 23:37

    Ah, Ah, Ah, the ANC welcomes the move !!!! Of course, they would lose their jobs if not... Who else but the ANC would agree with such an economic miscalculation?

  • wehan.victor - 2011-08-12 23:55

    So now Taxi's pay NO tax and NO toll. GREAT

  • Sandra Marula - 2011-08-13 00:12

    Its such a shame that the law abiding citizens of this great country who works hard for the salaries that they receive, are once again targeted by the ruling party to pay for a pubic good that should be paid out of PAYE, Company taxes, airport taxes, annual vehicle license and more. Am not sure that this ruling party understand who they are hurting. Its not only the people using the s called public transport who needs to be listened to and have their huge financial burdnes lifted. For this country to succeed, we need a healthy middle class to exist, otherwise we will once again have a country consisting of the super rich and the super poor. This middle class which you need in large numbers, are the backbone of the tax system that's already hectic. On the upside, perhaps the time has come for the middle class or ordinary hard working South African to fight for their rights - time to protest, march and stop standing by or been on high horses.Time to do what other nations do when their government takes them for a RIDE!Its not a white or black issue - its affecting all of US.

      Steve Wonderboy - 2011-08-14 19:59

      That is where you are mistaken. For the ANC to remain in power they cannot afford to have a growing middle class. They know their market. It is neither wealthy nor middle class. The longer the people can remain poor and uneducated the longer they can stay in power. That is why Zuma can claim they will stay in power till the second coming. They will keep on doing things to make it appear like they care, whilst in the background they will do everything in their power to retard growth. It is all part of the plan. And they will throw the oppression card for the next 400 years. You can bet your ass on that.

  • za101 - 2011-08-13 00:12

    The ANC is taking over from where the National Party stopped. Putting blacks in their place, keeping them in the townships and keeping blacks poor. Black people are trying to climb out of the hole of poverty, and when they get to the top, the government is pushing them back down, trampling on their fingers, hitting their heads with sticks.

      AJ - 2011-08-13 02:14

      In the govt's defense most people in the country seem to have a label on top of their head that says "Please hit me here', so we can hardly be surprised when they do. Citizens that generally expect so little from their govt usually get exactly that.

      Trueblue - 2011-08-13 07:35

      The New Apartheid. This time it's black on black.

  • Alfred - 2011-08-13 00:48

    Why wouldn't the ANC welcome it? It just adds more loot to the piggy trough for them to gorge themselves on and break new ground in being the fattest, greediest, most useless bunch of incompetent ignoramuses this country has ever seen. But to be fair I think this is one of the few things that they won't blunder, they seem to be quite proficient when it comes to milking every last drop out of their bottomless money pit, the taxpayers. They didn't even bother trying to get the taxis to pay, they know as well as we do that they'd never pay anyway and probably end up burning the toll gantries down within the first week.

  • crackerr - 2011-08-13 00:50

    Surely ALL road users benefit from being transported on the toll roads. Road users include taxi drivers and the passengers they transport. So we must conclude that the ANC has its own clandestine reasons for the exclusion that they for obvious reasons will not share with all the citizens. But the citizens know the real reasons and the ANC knows the citizens know. One bright spot in all this. The communists and trade unions don't seem to quite have everything their way. If the ANC is bad, think how bad the unions and communists must be. One wonders if the communists in cabinet had anything to say against the toll tariffs. Blikskottel. The hypocrisy and two face-ness are actually comical. Self-congratulation and language like "progressive" and "bold" are signs of dishonesty. Dishonesty - always the thought that comes to mind when one hears anything ANC.

  • Jakob - 2011-08-13 00:55

    ofc they wud welcome it, they greedy bloody money suckers. all fools have their end, and theirs is coming.

  • AJ - 2011-08-13 02:09

    "Those who don't pay with their own money, welcome the tariffs".....What a shock..

  • Marcell - 2011-08-13 03:05

    The ancESTORS will be happy as it means more money that will be stolen!

  • Ian - 2011-08-13 03:39

    im sure they do, all that yummy lolly for mercs and 4x4s and expensive holidays and scotch, but dont worry imagine all that health insurance cash for big mansions when that runs out

  • MosesMabhida - 2011-08-13 05:35

    LOL "The ANC had always maintained that the GFIP should not be done at the expense of the public or impact negatively on the cost of doing business in Gauteng or anywhere else in South Africa." CONCLUSION: The ANC is either dumb & blind OR clever & corrupt. This toll system will make bread & milk at the shops more expensive nough said!!!! - The ANC is vile, corrupt and don’t give a rats a$$ about the poor, all they care about is the BMW payments every month. Its time for revolution, for the ANC of the past is not the same ANC of today..

      50something - 2011-08-13 13:37

      no either or, just dumb and blind, but we are going to open their eyes for them

  • MosesMabhida - 2011-08-13 05:41

    I will never pay a cent for the toll fees - they can arrest me and every one else for all I care. I think they should just arrest all the tax payers right now. Even though my tax is low… I STILL PAY I don’t care that Government wants to upgrade from the BMW 5 series to the more luxurious 7 series - I cant even afford to fill up my a golf Chico with 93! Dumb Government – A partnership that DOES NOT work!

  • MosesMabhida - 2011-08-13 05:46

    "First they came…" is a famous statement attributed to pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the inactivity of German intellectuals following the Nazi rise to power and the purging of their chosen targets, group after group. The text of the quotation is usually presented roughly as follows: First they came for the communists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me. Dear Taxi association of South Africa - you might be exempt from this thievery known as the toll system... but soon they will come for you as well. The only reason they exempt you is because government can not fight the Taxi and private sector together.

      nvl - 2011-08-13 06:06

      This is my version for SA: First they came for the Mines, I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Miner. Then they came for the Banks, I did not speak out because I wasn't a Banker.  Then they came for the Land, I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Farmer. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak out for me.

  • Peter - 2011-08-13 05:54

    Half the year the cabinet is in Cape Town. And when in Guateng they will also be exempt from paying toll fees. As will their families that are permanently resident in Gauteng.

  • henniedotvanstaden - 2011-08-13 05:54

    This is not a racial issue, the working class and poor is being milked.@ M Khoza and spd123 grow up and start thinking, what you doing is exactly what the fat cat's want. Let's support Satawu and stand up and do what is required.

  • Lionel - 2011-08-13 06:32

    The backslapping announcement by the ANC is reminiscent of Soviet Era propaganda - how stupid do they think we are?

      tiotudg - 2011-08-13 11:45

      Ongelukkig slaag hulle daarin om ons in ons onnoselheid te vang - WAT KAN EK EN JY DAARAAN DOEN - AL WEET EN BESEF ONS DIT 'N DUSEND MAAL OOR EN OOR?

  • Lewsi - 2011-08-13 06:35

    I have already worked out all the back roads to travel and if and when I need to travel on the highways, they can send me an account every single time - I refuse to buy an e-tag!

      tryanything - 2011-08-13 06:49

      Do not buy an etag whatever you do. Rather let them send you an acount thru the mail. Whatever youd do stay off the etag files.

  • JadedJay - 2011-08-13 07:06

    F@@k the ANC. ONly they would approve of this daylight robbery of the taxpayer to fill their own pockets. Once a thief, always a thief.

  • Joe drodsky - 2011-08-13 07:14

    Now the tax in petrol price that is meant for maintaining our roads can go straight into the pockets of our government or for their expensive cars Desmond Tutu is refering to. By the way Desmond I cannot seem to find where I parked my fancy German car you mention I have, but I did find a R7000-00 SCOOTER in its place.

  • Trueblue - 2011-08-13 07:32

    "should not be done at the expense of the public or impact negatively on the cost of doing business". Another example of the flawed logic of the ANC Elite. It is an extra expense for the public, and it is designed to enrich the already wealthy of this New ANC Elite. Many of this elite own bus and taxi companies so it's also pandering to the wishes of these people. How can South Africa give R1.5 billion to prop up Cuba, and untold amounts to other crumbling dictatorships when the very infrastructure that this government inherited is busy crumbling away. Charity begins at home, and these ANC money-grabbing elites should start to learn this lesson. The Arab Spring is one thing. An African Spring is another, or are Africans incapable of seeing that they are being ripped off? As more and more taxpayers leave the country the smaller the tax base becomes. The fewer the companies and businesses, the smaller the tax base becomes. The higher the need to import food, the more money is raised from tariffs, which go directly into government coffers and then in to the elite's pockets. So this is just another way to milk more money out of an already beleaguered nation. Siyalila, Mzantse.

      tiotudg - 2011-08-13 11:47

      Tutu? Nog 'n naprater.

  • Looter - 2011-08-13 07:52

    those fees are a joke!

  • adw - 2011-08-13 08:47

    Just another form of easy taxation by a corrupt government. You can be rest assured these fat politicians will not be be paying toll fees. However they be be fat and corrupt but they played a trump card in not tolling taxis thereby averting toy-toying on our highways.

      Muna - 2011-08-13 19:34

      You whiteys are so scared and spineless, you should learn to stand up for your rights like the blacks.

  • CPII - 2011-08-13 08:58

    And they can trap you for speeding as well. They know the exact distances between the toll booms. Taxis beware! :)

  • lewenog - 2011-08-13 09:25

    The ANC will welcome onother scheme whereby cronies gets paid

  • saburger - 2011-08-13 09:34

    "The ANC had always maintained that the GFIP should not be done at the expense of the public or impact negatively on the cost of doing business in Gauteng or anywhere else in South Africa."????? Rubbish!!! A 15c per liter portion of the petrol levy is sufficient according to experts. That is 1.5c per km!!!

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-08-13 10:13

    Fill those pockets comrades ! Stuff the tax-payer! We have 5 wife's and 20 pikaniens to feed. Besides,the minister's fancy black cars do not pay...hehe..VIVA ANC ! VIVA CORRUPTION!

  • Kishore Doodnath - 2011-08-13 10:15

    Smoke and mirrors stuff. Who is the genius that says that this will not effect the poor. The truck carrying the maize meal will pay R2.00 per km - nice eh because the cost is passed on to business. And the nice caring business people will indulge in some price gouging - up the price of maize meal by 12% when 4% will do. Same with bread, tinned fish, fruit and vegetables.

  • maseratifitt - 2011-08-13 10:23

    So much for "democracy". Motorists make up 100% of the population affected by this scheme. Their voice should be heard and acted upon. Where are the motoring institutions like the AA? Why don't they get voting input from motorists, and if the majority vote against the toll system, DEMAND it be scrapped? Are the motoring institutions protecting the interests of the motorist? Or are they headed by people sympathetic to the government? Anybody who can, should open a website on which motorists can vote. The results should be presented to our "government". This website can also be used to prod the authorities into doing their road infrastructure job properly and to the benefit of the user, the motorist.

  • phillip.havenga - 2011-08-13 10:40

    Of course the corrupt fools will welcome this money making scheme.

  • Sambok - 2011-08-13 10:47

    Naturally they welcome the tariffs. More money for them to steal and squander.

  • Kevin - 2011-08-13 10:56

    Do not pay this rip off tax. Why are Taxis off the hook?y should pay 200%

  • Geoffrey - 2011-08-13 11:11

    Its bad enough that we will end up having to fork out 100s more every month for our commutes, but since every store in the Jhb area will have to hike up their prices to accommodate the extra incurred cost of the transport of goods, we will end up with far less in our pockets at the end of the day. I bet some government fat cats are pushing to get this through so that they can start reaping the benefits of their retirement scheme. Also i wonder how many tenders have been awarded and are now on hold because of the resistance to the tolling.

  • sloppycowtits - 2011-08-13 11:28

    If you don't pay a toll you don't get to use the roads! If you don't work you don't eat! Full stop!

  • tiotudg - 2011-08-13 11:33

    NATUURLIK SAL DIE BROERS EN MEDE-SOSIALISTE DIT MET OPE ARMS VERWELKOM - GAAN VOORT IN DIE BEROWING VAN DIE BELASTINGBETALING TEN GUNSTE VAN....... ? ALMAL WWT WIE.

  • Lorax - 2011-08-13 11:52

    Find someone else to rob. I'm escaping from this atrocious madhouse, never to return. ANC F@ckers.

  • Kevin - 2011-08-13 11:53

    The "Groenewalds" now have another revenue stream at the trough for them to gorge on adlib!!!!!

  • Die Bees - 2011-08-13 12:18

    I hereby declare the government illegal and invalid. Refuse and resist!

  • rhowen.heever - 2011-08-13 12:22

    VIVA South A free ca VIVA!!

  • parkavenue - 2011-08-13 13:09

    Of course they will.So would I if I was sharing in the spoils.

      Die Bees - 2011-08-13 13:22

      you evil turd

  • 50something - 2011-08-13 13:31

    "We are equally impressed that the department of transport has taken on board and listened to the views and concerns of the public, something that has led to the revised toll fee structure" Oh please!!! You have not listened to anything the public or anyone else have said ever. You endorse this because your cadres are making money at the expense of the oridinary motorist - F%^&king idiots. You rely on the "decent" people to keep quiet and let it go, but you are mistaken ANC, this time, you will have to deal with the fury of the ordinary people who are fed up with you, fed up with being taxed to death and fed up fro being taken fro granted - you have gone too far on this one.

  • cobusvanstaden0506 - 2011-08-13 13:37

    Just a pitty the man on the street life is decided by fat cats like the ANC that are only there for their own enrichement