ANC's top 6 split over e-tolls

2014-09-07 06:00

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The e-tolls saga has split the ANC’s top six.

Transport and Sanral officials have confirmed that Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe ordered them not to co-operate with Gauteng’s e-toll panel review, which his deputy Jessie Duarte supports.

Officials from the national transport department and roads agency Sanral confirmed this week they would not appear before the panel convened by Gauteng Premier David Makhura.

Sanral said it would not participate because all documents relating to how the project came about were publicly available.

However, City Press spoke to six leaders in government and the ANC this week and established that Sanral had been advised by Luthuli House – specifically Mantashe – not to participate in the process.

Gauteng ANC leaders say Mantashe’s deputy Jessie Duarte – a staunch opponent of e-tolls – is the one who gave Gauteng the green light to go ahead with the review, telling those close to her that she “would rather go to jail than pay e-tolls”.

“The instruction came from Luthuli House, from the SG [Mantashe]. The province cannot review national policy, so he told them it would be a waste of time to participate in this thing,” said an insider close to the process.

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