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I cannot pay anymore!

2011-08-12 14:51

It was announced on Thursday August 11 2011 that the Cabinet has approved reduced tariffs for the tolls as part of the GFIP. As a tax-paying citizen, I am extremely - for lack of a better word - pissed off about the planning, construction and administration of the tolls that are soon to be implemented in Gauteng.

The government does not seem at all interested in hearing the views of the citizens of Gauteng, and not even Cosatu can penetrate the "thick-skinned monster" with regards to this issue. In my mind, the tax-paying citizens of the ENTIRE country are footing the bill for this monstrosity, and only the Gauteng road users will be suffering the consequences post-implementation (save for those who come and visit Gauteng).

I read a while back that "visitors" to Gauteng will need to go and purchase/obtain day passes in order to make use of the freeways in Gauteng; what crap is this? Do you honestly think that Gauteng will be the tourist attraction of the century when you are first required to buy something that further funds this asinine scheme? Not that Gauteng is the tourist destination of choice mind you! Be that as it may, it may have been a fictitious, opinionated article that I read, but still, how does the monster intend to deal with "guests" to Gauteng; post-implementation of "operation cock-up"?

I pay my taxes duly to the government, and I feel that I, like all other tax payers, are being "raped" by the government. Please see my list below that confirms that I pay for the roads I use:

1. My income tax.

2. My annual renewal of my vehicle license (which includes a R30 convenience/admin fee).

3. A five-yearly renewal of my license card 4. The fuel that I fill my car with every three days (I spend over R3 000 on petrol a month to commute between Johannesburg and Pretoria - and no, I cannot use the Gautrain, because there are no buses nearby to catch to one of the Gautrain stations - you certainly won't find me in a taxi either, because they are not regulated and do as they please on the road - a coffin on wheels).

The repercussions of the tolls are mind-boggling. Take the following list into account, and think wisely about each one; this list is just the beginning of the end:

1. Fuel increases (over and above taxation and the oil price).

2. Food/Groceries increases (over and above inflation).

3. Increase in traffic on residential back roads (imagine what Witkoppen is going to look like after a month of switching the tolls gates on) - it is bad enough to already dodge the pot holes that exist in residential areas.

4. The N14 / R28 which is already poorly maintained will become the highway of choice to avoid the tolls.

5. Increase in any services you may make use of (couriers/transport companies).

6. Increase in literally anything you purchase over and above the above-mentioned items (now not even Wallmart has a chance to provide competitive prices anymore).

Just by the way, why are the buses and taxis exempt from the tolls? I can tell you why - only Putco buses use the freeways (I have yet to see a Metro bus on the highway), and the government do not have the balls to tell the taxi associations how things are going to be run - the taxi associations have the transport ministers by the nuts, and they are too chicken to enforce laws that will see them paying their way just like all of the other commuters.

So the ultimate question is - will the tolls actually generate the "required" funds for government, along with making the citizens of Gauteng further frustrated - and will we see improved roads?

South Africa does not have a world-class public transport system, and the infrastructure we have does not nearly cater for almost everyone in order for them to utilize the "infrastructure" that there is at the moment. Yes, Gautrain is fantastic, but what about the people that live on the other side of the highway? There are no buses that cross the highway to pick potential customers up (except for 1 Gautrain bus in Fourways that does a U-Turn at Monte Casino and heads straight back to Sandton station). Don't tell me to catch a Metro bus, because they are unreliable, and the bus drivers are striking every second week (even the Gautrain drivers managed this before one full week had passed after it was officially opened to PTA).

From all of the above, I can only foresee one outcome - the tax payer will have to halt all traffic and cause major disruptions on the N1 the day that the tolls are "switched on" - It will be the only way to send a clear message to government. And to be quite honest, this is the one time that I do actually wish that government property is raised to the ground. If needs be, I may even remove my number plates, or replace them with those used by government - there isn't enough active policing on the highways, and if I get caught, who cares? I am sick and tired of being bullied by shitty decisions being made by this incompetent government, and it is now time to make a stand against the poor decisions being made!

Am I being irrational, or is this reality and just another case of "taking the next punch"? Please enlighten me on your opinions and suggestions to combat this!

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Comments
  • panafricanis - 2011-08-12 14:56

    Its only fair that road users pay for the maintenance of the road that they use daily, so that the fiscus money can be channeled to fund service delivery backlogs, if you cant afford to pay for the road you are using then use public transport simple.

      Stryder - 2011-08-12 15:04

      I am all for public transport, please direct me to the nearest safe public transport in my area. Oh yeah, I also work long hours often home after 10pm, what then.

      Deckard - 2011-08-12 15:10

      @panafricanis... that has to be the most ridiculous comment I have seen today. As the author said..we pay our taxes for roads etc. If the ANC did not steal the taxes we all pay then we would not have every government dept falling apart. As Stryder said...show me to the nearest reliable public transport that I can use when I go to work and back at the odd hours I work. You don't seem to understand that EVERYTHING will go UP once the tolls are activated. Think man..this affects EVERY citizen..tax payer or not.

      myepos2011 - 2011-08-12 15:10

      Sure, let the taxis pay as well, they are also using the road. Taxis are not "public transport", they are privately owned. What about the R34 billion annual fuel levy that disappears into thin air every year, as reported by the AA. What about licensing fees on vehicles. Somehow the Western Cape have been maintaining their roads ion good order - the key word is MAINTENANCE them. If the rest of the country had been maintaining their roads, there would be no backlog and no reason for these toll fees.

      Lioness - 2011-08-12 15:11

      @panafricanis - You are an IDIOT!

      OzzyInSA - 2011-08-12 15:11

      @Panafricanis, where else in the world have tolls been erected to MAINTAIN existing public roads? No where! Everywhere else in the world tolls are put on NEW highways to pay for their construction. The problem here is that the roads have been so poorly maintained for the last 17 years and the funds for this pocketed by a few. Now they do not have enough funding for road maintenance which includes widening. On top of that what public transport are you referring to? As far as I am concerned there is no safe, affordable, effectively run public transport in Jo'burg.

      adam - 2011-08-12 15:20

      the concrete highway seldomly needed maintaining and ran for years without a tool road. YOur argument has no basis apart from the fact that it is another tax. What public transport lets be honest, where i live there is nothing near me that gets me to work .

      Boerseun - 2011-08-12 15:26

      We allready pay for it, which part do you miss.

      50something - 2011-08-12 15:32

      Public transport - don't make me laugh. Metrobus driver are again striking next week (SAMWU) and will ask commuters to make alternative arrangements. What alternative arranegment if you rely on public transport?

      Dougalan - 2011-08-12 15:37

      In one simple word, panafricanis - crap. There is already a huge amount of money going into ANC coffers supposedly for roads, but is either stolen or used for entirely different purposes. It really looks like the time has come for civil disobedience in a big way. It's time us overburdened taxpayers starte toyi-toying - by not paying. Seven percent of SA's population cannot continue to foot the excessive bills for the other 93%. I for one will never buy etags. Let SANRAL come looking for their money. Enough is enough.

      oldpilot - 2011-08-12 15:48

      @panafricanis Sir - you are an idiot without understanding and knowledge. Public roads are built for public benefit, which extends far wider than the benefit of the motorist. Roads are part of the general infrastructure which contributes to and enhances the economic and social function of a nation. In addition roads have already been paid for via Fuel Tax - a dedicated tax which has in effect been illegally diverted by government to other uses. If you want to comment why not get some facts first?

      M - 2011-08-12 15:49

      Panafricanis - clearly you live in a dream world.

      hannelie gerber - 2011-08-12 16:32

      @panafricanis - CAT GOT YOUR TONGUE?????????????????? where is your smart ass comments now?

      phillip.havenga - 2011-08-12 16:41

      panafricanis you dimwitted, low IQ, waste of space oxygen thief. We the taxpayers are already paying for the use and upkeep of the roads. If the government can lend billions to swaziland then why must we pay extra to use our own roads?

      Happygas - 2011-08-12 17:43

      U R A TWIT

      BigD - 2011-08-12 19:51

      @ panafrican. You make these stupid comments because you ride a bicycle. Now get off the madams computer and go finish the gardening.

      Joe drodsky - 2011-08-13 10:15

      At panafricanis! YOU ARE ANOTHER IDIOT JOINING THE PARTY.

      umhlopo - 2011-08-13 17:20

      I like your mentality,if you cant pay for a house live in the bush,if you are to dumb for a job starve,this should be applied to all spheares of life

      Sceptic - 2011-08-13 18:36

      IDIOT!

  • zulufox - 2011-08-12 14:57

    Cry the beloved working class...

      cliffarc - 2011-08-13 11:35

      It's time we apathetic, law abiding, always compliant punchbags resolve to take a stand and say no to the tolls. That's what the taxi boys would do if the toll applied to them. Why should we be any different ?

      Lee - 2011-08-14 12:38

      Hmmmm How about starting some white TAXI services. Or just register your vehicles as Taxi's and bob's your uncle.......FREEEEE. Loop holes people loop holes.

  • Lioness - 2011-08-12 15:07

    I feel exactly the same and I think many people do. You just forgot to mention that from next year we all have to pay for the NHI as well. We will have even less... and what about the poor people who already cannot afford food every month? I am also sick of being a rape victim. Time for ALL of us to stand together and put a stop to this bull crap! Again I say... a BIG F-U to goverment!

  • OzzyInSA - 2011-08-12 15:13

    @1gascan, just wait the government has now back-tracked from its "no new taxes" to fund the NHI by now saying that those who earn over a certain amount (yet to be detailed) will be forced by law to contribute.

  • Richard - 2011-08-12 15:18

    Funding for the road needs to come from fuel tax, not toll roads. If you drive a massive SUV, you pay more. If you drive an tiny Atos and share with other people etc, you pay less. The only thing we can do is protest on the day of the opening.

  • adam - 2011-08-12 15:18

    I full yagree that the working class are being absolutely raped. Add to your taxes that this NHI is also going to increase taxes, So do we cancel medical aid as I cant pay Medical aid and the R2000 for NHI that will cover all of bloody africa. As for the toll gates, My company will suffer as we always use freight companies, so increased expenses, no incresaes next year ect ect. PÜeople will need more money and if you dont have the R1000 where is it going to come from. Entertainment money. Pubs and clubs will get less and start closing. Its an absolute joke and the poor dont contribute to any of this and the reallyrich Malemas dont care as it does not affect them. SAD SAD SAD day in africa.

      Happygas - 2011-08-12 17:45

      LAST PERSON TO LEAVE SWITCH OFF THE LIGHTS

      ex-pat - 2011-08-12 20:13

      What lights? There won't be any by then.

  • Daemos1 - 2011-08-12 15:24

    Let's lobby if enough of us get together we can stop this nonsense, does anyone know a good lawyer?

  • Boerseun - 2011-08-12 15:26

    I will not pay, end of story. Daylight robbery made to look legal is still crime. My human rights allow me to use my conveyenace to work and move about freely and they are infringing on that. Let them proof this wrong.

  • 50something - 2011-08-12 15:31

    With you

  • Sisie - 2011-08-12 15:33

    Brings a new meaning to the saying "Joburg - the streets are paved in gold" and the majority of taxpayers who are paying for this are....i give you one guess. The most feared and hated race in the world .....the whites again.

  • Agent Bastad - 2011-08-12 15:34

    The aim is to eliminate the bourgeoisie (that's the middleclass for those that don't know anything;P ). While a country has a large middleclass, the revolution cannot continue. Once they have made it impossible for anyone outside of government to afford anything, the next wave of therevolution will commence. And you don't want to know what that entails, but that fat laaitie from the ANCYL will be at the forefront.

  • russell.bennett1 - 2011-08-12 15:56

    Taxed 5 times just to drive to work, its ridiculous. And the state of a lot of the "new" road network is actually worse than it used to be! Yet no-one listens, as the politically-connected know they won't be paying these anyway just like the taxis and for the same reasons, but I think there's a window here. Because noone has to pay these tolls, for the same reason that the elites don't. There will be no competent, properly-run and -managed "collection service" - if Metro are used to chase after non-payers the results will be anarchy, and the costs will be far higher than the rewards for the operator. So just go about your daily business and ignore the bills, and if everyone does this the battle will be won. Since they don't listen to reason, it's really our only option. Fight fire with fire, as they say.

  • JudithNkwe - 2011-08-12 16:05

    As COSATU doesn't back the tolling - let's stand in solidarity with them and surprise the government!

  • iggy - 2011-08-12 16:05

    yet another NATIONAL DISGRACE by our DISGRACE of a so called government! Thanks to the idiot decisions made by the idiots in power we are fast becoming the laughing stock of the world!

      ex-pat - 2011-08-12 20:14

      "becoming"? Long time ago, buddy, long time ago.

  • tracy.davids - 2011-08-12 16:21

    Maybe the same people who steal the train cables should steal the cameras out of the toll gates, ha ha. But seriously, I'm tired of government taking and taking and taking and taking and then squandering OUR hard-earned money. Come on man!

  • zackie - 2011-08-12 16:26

    @panafricanis you must be the spokeperson for the dept cos u are so dumb you may as well be living on planet jupiter.let me explain to you in small words so can try get it our taxes money stolen by anc toll fees more money for anc to steal and prices go up to pay for their theft

  • JadedJay - 2011-08-12 16:35

    Do NOT PAY! Together, a UNITED South Africa can show this corrupt, thieving government once and for all. They will use this money to fund their extravagant lifestyles and give money to their bumchums in Swaziland and Zim. DO NOT PAY.

  • lovtaG - 2011-08-12 16:35

    IT'S SIMPLE...NO ONE MUST PAY THE FEES....IF EVERYBODY REFRAIN FROM PAYING, THEY CANNOT SUE US ALL!! JUST DONT PAY!!

  • Smindlo - 2011-08-12 16:46

    dont pay the toll fees, finish and klaar!!! they dont have capacity(read: incompetent) to arrest everyone

  • The_Librarian2 - 2011-08-12 16:49

    Moooooooooooooooooooooo

  • tommie1 - 2011-08-12 18:06

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  • ex-pat - 2011-08-12 20:11

    "I do actually wish that government property is raised to the ground." Razed.

  • Terry Everett - 2011-08-12 20:36

    Time to take my tax money elsewhere

  • lisa - 2011-08-12 22:04

    i know on the first day lets all stop in traffic and throw gum at the camera equipment or really sticky goop. then they will have to get some one to clean the and mess as we know any thing the gov has to actually work for becomes a two year or more battle to get there fingers outta their noses first. however unlike potholes in our roads I doubt leadsa will be too willing to cover for the lazy ass good for nothing money stealing corrupt....wow and the list goes on and on. Give us something back.

  • Boer - 2011-08-13 01:57

    What a crap country.

  • 007 - 2011-08-13 09:26

    1gascan is missing a lot of other taves he pays. Vat, property....... He also moans with to loaves under the arms. If you can spend R3000pm on fuel, you are in the upper 10%(if not higher)of income earners.Poor bugger!

      dave_23 - 2011-08-14 12:05

      Yes 007, you can keep piling an endless number straws on the back of a camel indefinitely.

  • 007 - 2011-08-13 09:51

    R3000pm? Sounds like a wellof person to me. Stop moaning and look around you.

  • Bob65 - 2011-08-13 11:48

    Most of us who are footing ever new and/or increasing bills cannot go on this way any longer. So why are we never seen demonstrating against poor service delivery? We are financing this fiasco, we can also put a stop to it. It's high time there are protests here similar to the ones seen all over the world against the unaffordable cost of living.

  • Wishbone - 2011-08-13 15:01

    Just don't pay! Civil disobedience time ...

  • dave_23 - 2011-08-14 12:03

    You feel stretched as a taxpayer now, wait till NHI kicks in - it will break this country's back.

      dave_23 - 2011-08-14 12:04

      Time for real tax boycotts.

  • evertpbotha - 2011-08-14 21:12

    Kak of betaal.

  • Rolls - 2011-08-14 21:57

    I think the time has arrived - how do you get Government to listen - you take away their perks - stop paying tax until they listen and fix our problems 0- we need to stand together - White - Black and Business!!

  • Rolls - 2011-08-14 21:59

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  • btax - 2011-08-15 07:46

    There will NEVER be a mass demonstration by the TAX payers to make known their frustrations. We are too-set in our own littel worlds. We are the country that will alway read recycled-news and make the same comments on the dried out story. In order for the Taxpayers to act something must first hit them on the head or lose a limb before they will think of doing something. Yes, I said think and not act. So there you have it. Every one who posted a comment on this article an any other article on this site will, DOES NOT have what it takes to act.

  • sloppycowtits - 2011-08-16 11:55

    I say if you don't pay a toll you don't ride the road, like if you don't work you don't eat!

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