Sanral suspends process of pursuing e-toll debt

The South African National Roads Agency has announced that it is suspending the process of pursuing e-toll debt. 

This after Sanral's board passed an urgent resolution on the matter on Tuesday. 

"It resolved that given the initiative led by President Cyril Ramaphosa to address the e-tolls payment impasse, Sanral will, with immediate effect, suspend the process of pursuing e-toll debt. This includes historic debt and summonses applied for from 2015. No new summonses will be applied for," Sanral spokesperson Vusi Mona said in a statement issued on Wednesday. 

Sanral says the decision will be constantly monitored by the board and reviewed according to prevailing circumstances. 

Netwerk24 had reported earlier this month that only 26 motorists had received default judgments so far for not paying their e-toll bills. 

Mona told the News24 sister site that motorists owe Sanral more than R10.9 billion in unpaid e-toll money.

READ: Scrap e-tolls, demands Gauteng ANC as repeated call falls on deaf ears

The ANC in Gauteng regarded the decision taken by the Board of Directors of Sanral to immediately suspend the process of pursuing e-toll debt, including historic debt and summonses applied for from 2015, as a major victory for the people of Gauteng.

"Given the deafening voice of the residents of Gauteng who rejected the e-Tolls in the current form, this was an inevitable course of action. On November 2 2018, the ANC in Gauteng led a massive People’s March which saw the Alliance partners, civil society formations and members of society marching to the Union Buildings to deliver a Memorandum to President Cyril Ramaphosa.

"The Memorandum called for the unconditional scrapping of the e-Tolls, that all legal actions by SANRAL against non-paying e-toll motorists should cease with immediate effect and that other options should be explored on how to meet the debt obligations associated with Gauteng Freeway Improvement Scheme.

"We remain confident that the process led by President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead to a long lasting solution to the e-tolls matter." said the party.

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