Mmusi Maimane won’t pay ‘illegal’ e-tolls

2014-03-06 12:37

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The DA’s Gauteng Premier candidate Mmusi Maimane says he will not pay his e-toll bills until roads agency Sanral sends them the legal way – with proper prior agreement and via registered post.

So far, he has only received bills by SMS.

Maimane also said his campaign bus with which he has been traversing Gauteng does not have an e-tag because there was no law compelling citizens to have one.

He called Sanral’s threats to send their lawyers to those who don’t pay their bills “a bullying tactic and grandiose gestures”.

He said the DA had asked South Africans and its party leaders “to be guided by their conscience as to whether they should pay their e-toll bills”.

Maimane said when he went to a store to buy something “there is a legal agreement I enter into, there are legal processes I follow, they send me the bill via registered mail”.

He said Sanral could not suddenly expect people to pay e-tolls without properly consulting them beforehand.

The DA went to court in Cape Town this week to take on the legislation governing e-tolls and Maimane said the judgment was expected in two weeks’time. The party would then know whether there would be a moratorium on e-toll prosecutions.

DA Gauteng caucus leader Jack Bloom tore up his e-toll bill in the legislature this week, saying that he would not pay.

DA transport spokesperson, MP Ian Ollis, last month told Parliament he would only pay the discounted e-tolls. He received his bills only after the discount period had expired and would be taking it up with Sanral, he said.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said in the National Assembly yesterday that only 23% of cars in Gauteng had e-tags. Sanral needs 93% compliance for the system to be viable.

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