Let's be clear about e-tolls!

2016-09-19 14:22

While the much-weakened ANC continues to flog e-tolling as if it's a going concern, let's be clear about the facts of the matter.

No sane motorist doubts that roads need to be built and maintained. But it's the way that the ANC went about it is what sticks in the collective craw of millions of Gautengers.

Firstly, there was no broad public consultation beforehand, just a few ads hidden in a couple of publications.

Secondly, it was sold under the guise of being for the Soccer World Cup - which has come and gone.

Thirdly, the deal was done with companies, who were proven overseas to have paid massive bribes in the Armsgate scandal: Kapsch Sweden, who used to be called SAAB Aerospace are a 50% shareholder in a company called Sanip, with British Aerospace holding the other 50%. Sanip were alleged to be the payment vehicle used by SAAB and BAe to pay bribes alleged to be R100 million in the Arms Deal saga. An overseas report went on to state that: "The names Hlongwane, Modise, ANC, Zuma and Shaik figure prominently in the list of recipients."

So now, when the ANC decide unilaterally to impose e-tolling on Gauteng, who do they go to? Right, Kapsch. You can draw your own conclusions. Now Kapsch Austria have bought 100% of ETC, the company  collecting e-tolls. Right now, there is a debt of over  R5.9 BILLION, and the recent 'offer' by Sanral to reduce fees by 60% did not reduce the debt by even 1%. Meanwhile tens of millions of rands go out of SA every month to pay the debt to Kapsch, and don't help fix roads. The whole system is grossly, horribly inefficient.

At least 66% and probably more like 75% of Gauteng motorists do NOT pay etolls. Neither do any taxis. And the companies that DO pay - large businesses - are having to shell out tens of thousands of rands every month for their trucks to deliver stuff - stuff like mealie meal, bread and milk. So the costs HAVE to be passed on to consumers - mainly the poor. Yes, even if you don't own a car, you are paying for e-tolls.

Now it's no longer just a matter of economics any more, but of PRINCIPLE. Why should we hard-pressed taxpayers be hounded for a corrupt scheme that was originally designed to benefit the terminally crooked ANC, and does very little actually to benefit our roads? Enough is ENOUGH, ANC, as your recent horrendous decline in the municipal elections proved. We will NOT be taken as suckers any more to fill the pockets of a few corrupt individuals.

The bottom line is that we South Africans - and I'm going to shout here - ARE BLOODY SICK AND TIRED OF BEING RIPPED OFF BY A CORRUPT GOVT AND A CORRUPT SANRAL. GOT IT?


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