DA supports ANCYL on tolls

2011-04-07 13:07
Johannesburg - The DA on Thursday supported the ANC Youth League in its criticism of proposed toll fees for Gauteng roads.

"We agree with the ANCYL’s Gauteng secretary Ayanda Kasa-Ntsobi that the tariffs are 'unjustifiably expensive' and that 'there is nothing fair or equitable about the proposed tolling system'," Democratic Alliance spokesperson Jack Bloom said.

"We also agree that it will adversely affect economic growth and hit the poor the hardest."

Kasa-Ntsobi said in a statement on Wednesday the ANC Youth League in Gauteng was "vehemently opposed" to the tariffs and demanded that its implementation "not just be postponed, but that it is shelved immediately".

Bloom said he was interested to know if the ANCYL's leader in Gauteng Lebogang Maile, who is also the MEC for sport, arts, culture and recreation, agreed with Kasa-Ntsobi's statement.

"This is what leadership is all about," said Bloom. "You can’t have it both ways. If you support the scrapping of tolls then you must resign from the provincial Cabinet as Premier Nomvula Mokonyane has rejected this."

Mokonyane has said she is not opposed to the idea of a tolling system but did express concern about the high prices announced by the SA National Roads Agency in February.

Motorists were going to pay up to 66 cents a kilometre when travelling on the 185km-tolled highway network.

The Congress of SA Trade Unions threatened national strike action if the tariffs were implemented.

The transport department has since then agreed to hold more consultations about the matter.

Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele is expected to receive a report on this by the end of April.

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