Madonsela asked to probe toll deals

2012-05-03 14:49

Johannesburg - The DA has asked Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to investigate the controversial Gauteng e-toll collection contracts.

"Suspicion is high that politically-connected people may have benefited from the toll companies contracted to SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral)," Democratic Alliance MPL Jack Bloom said in a statement on Thursday.

"Widespread public concern needs to be allayed by a full investigation by the public protector."

The Electronic Tolling Collection (ETC) consortium is the company responsible for collecting toll fees.

Bloom said there were reportedly allegations of links between Swedish companies involved in an arms deal, and Vienna-based Austrian company Kapsch TrafficCom, which was the largest shareholder in ETC.

"In giving the background to his interdict against the e-tolls, Judge Bill Prinsloo criticised Sanral for its secrecy on the contract with the ETC consortium," said Bloom.

"There are also 35 sub-contracts with ETC, all with confidentiality clauses."

On Saturday, Prinsloo granted an urgent interdict, brought by the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance, to stop the e-tolling system so that a full court review could be carried out to determine whether it should be scrapped.

Prinsloo said that while he realised Sanral would suffer huge financial losses, the public would also suffer hardship if the controversial project went ahead.

  • Smile - 2012-05-03 14:53


      Stille - 2012-05-03 15:28

      and coloured and indian......

      Enhle - 2012-05-03 15:34

      Zuma too scared will see how he/his friends/colleague/ will benefit from the etoll, coz any person with good logic can see this etoll thing was doomed for failure

  • Sharon - 2012-05-03 14:56

    Yes please! How can it possibly cost more to collect the costs of the upgrade than the ACTUAL UPGRADE? Does not make economic sense whatsoever! Thuli will unravel this mess.

  • Bryan - 2012-05-03 14:57

    If there is nothing corrupt in the contracts I will run naked along the Durban beachfront on Xmas day.... pretty safe bet I think!!

      Stephen - 2012-05-03 15:24

      Be brave ... Boxing day.

      Burtfred - 2012-05-03 15:26

      Please let there be something corrupt in the contracts so that we won't have our Christmas day spoilt be looking at your naked butt and you family jewels flapping in the breeze.

      Zing - 2012-05-03 15:54

      I'll make sure to book a holiday in the berg, just in case Wouldn't want to scar the children :)

  • Kobus - 2012-05-03 14:58

    yes yes yes !!!

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-05-03 14:59

    Madonsela, so much respect for you. South Africa supports you, let's hope you become the first woman president of this promising country.

      Trevor - 2012-05-03 15:16

      Madonsela, is a national treasure

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-03 15:03

    Well done Madonsela and this is just the tip of the iceburg.

      John - 2012-05-03 15:39

      Keep in mind that they have only asked Madonsela, she has not agreed yet.

  • Warwick - 2012-05-03 15:04

    Typical sanral - They build the gallows and then want to debate the death sentence. Its’ a done deal, the tolls are a failed project and those who stood to benefit must face the music. Probe those who shout the loudest, start with cadre Nazi Ali, there is no doubt that he would have scored big time if it was implemented and he looks the yellow type that will sing like a canary when the chips fall. Increase the pressure; this could spell the beginning of the end for the anc, even among their most loyal supporters. A big thank you to OUTA, you guys rock.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-03 15:04

    I agree Tony

  • John - 2012-05-03 15:05

    great news bring these corrupt offcials to book.

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-05-03 15:05

    arms deal 2.0

  • David - 2012-05-03 15:06

    At Last. this needs to be sorted out quickly. If any corruption is found heads must roll.

  • Junebugg - 2012-05-03 15:07

    Damn this Madonsela woman must be working 24 hours a day....If only all our Gov officials were like her.

  • ashne.segal - 2012-05-03 15:08

    Doesn't surprise me at all

  • zipho500 - 2012-05-03 15:10

    Oh my word! This time comrades are going to jail! This is wonderful news indeed! I will drink to it,it's a phuza Thursday anyways!

      Piet - 2012-05-03 15:21

      we can only hope that they will send some cadres to jail

      Nyiks11 - 2012-05-03 15:28

      one would think them comrades learnt a few lessons with the arms deal procurement and therefore won't make the same mistakes , but then again lightning can sometimes strike the same place twice in SA

      robqb - 2012-05-03 15:53

      @zipho500. I stopped drinking almost 17 years ago, if this goes through,I'll have one,maybe a couple, with you.

  • Flynn - 2012-05-03 15:12

    I knew that this will come up just like how the arms deal saga came up - someone who didn't get their share must have blew the whistle. Everyone who has speculations about top poiliticians owning businesses that will benefit from the EToll will have that all confirmed in the court of law. Fighting corruption can save SA's economy. Well done to Madonsela and her team - I hope they bring everyone who is involved to tasks

  • vmeiring1 - 2012-05-03 15:18

    Wow. Now, hopefully Madonsela wants to stand for prime minister. It would boost this country so much if we had an intellegent, non corrupted person leading this country. And not to mention the 3 billion rands extra for the poorer of the poor every year, currently being stolen by the ruling parties employees / comrades (whatever you wanna call them)

      Burtfred - 2012-05-03 15:28

      Prime minister? Huh? In which country?

      Gladstone - 2012-05-03 15:32

      She is right on that position, and she knows what needs to be done.

      adelec2 - 2012-05-03 15:55

      Cant she only be Prime Minister of a country that is ruled by a King/Queen? if not, oops sorry my bad!

      Tony Lapson - 2012-05-03 16:45

      I guess it could be seen two ways. A PM-prime minister of a commonwealth government, or a 'prime' minister being a top minister.

  • Azmeena - 2012-05-03 15:21

    E tolls are just another way our government intends to line their pockets. I was driving down the N3 from Jhb on Tuesday and I counted 176 cars driving past me in a minute. If you calculate that it would mean 10560 cars in an hour. The Tugela plaza charges CARS R50. That would make it R528 000.00 in an hour and that is just at one toll booth moving in one direction. That doesn't even include all other vehicles. Now we ask the question, WHAT THE HELL IS THE GOVERNMENT DOING WITH ALL OUR MONEY? I say scrap the entire E Toll project completely.

      zipho500 - 2012-05-03 15:24

      176 cars in one minute?

      Azmeena - 2012-05-03 15:27

      Yep. 176 cars a minute. Granted that they were coming back after the long weekend but just think of the daily amounts received everyday from cars, trucks and buses. It is staggering

      Stille - 2012-05-03 15:32

      The r21 has three lanes. lets say you stand still and the cars pass you at one a second per lane, its possible.

      Werner - 2012-05-03 15:45

      @Zipho 500 and Stille: 3 Cars a second... Easy...

      Zing - 2012-05-03 16:00

      If you're going opposite direction, it kind of means only half the amount of cars per hour. But your point is very valid!

  • Susan - 2012-05-03 15:26

    Why should there be any confidentiality when they want to use other peoples money and not their own?

  • Piet - 2012-05-03 15:30

    Poor fatcats!!

  • ludlowdj - 2012-05-03 15:34

    of course the deal is based on corruption, ever single deal the ANC has ever undertaken is a lie based on lies who's only intent is to enrich the select few

  • beanaroo - 2012-05-03 15:35

    Kapsch TrafficCom.... weren't they involved with the arms deals???? Friends with Schabir Shaik.

  • adrian.marais - 2012-05-03 15:35

    Thuli is our champ, I have the utmost faith that if she has the opportunity to dig. She will kick ass and take names.

  • Gladstone - 2012-05-03 15:36

    HaHaHa!! While you are busy enjoying corruption, comissions for Malema, DA is taking over.

  • phillip.britz - 2012-05-03 15:44

    Corruption allegations against the e-Toll system? Dare I say it? Tollgate!

      Heiku - 2012-05-03 15:53

      You just won this comment thread.

  • Henk - 2012-05-03 15:46

    and let them also investigate the current tollgate concessions on all tollroads in sa!!!!

  • robqb - 2012-05-03 15:48

    Why clauses of confidentiality? What is being hidden from the PAYING public. Who is profiteering from this scam? The public has kept quiet for too long, that's why "big business" thinks it can do as it wants. We are being taxed left, right, and center, as well as from behind when we're not looking.

  • Anusa - 2012-05-03 15:56

    all pple involved in e-tolling project must be investigated starting from the top ,anyone else who is involved.according to what we know high ways were upgraded because of 2010 world cup,where is the money the country got from 2010 world cup.

  • Jeffrey - 2012-05-03 16:00

    most blogger are commenting as if the E-toll possible corruption is uncovered, read the story carefully guys. anyway, if Madonsela can do the good job she is famous of, then the African National crooks (anc) will learn lesson no 2. drive all holligans in jail before Mangaung.

  • thozi - 2012-05-03 16:05

    While I absolutely respect the (office of the) Public Protector and admire the way she performs with distinction, I'm beginning to wonder whether the capacity exists to investigate everything at once. I have no doubt about her resolve to serve and uncover irregularities that hinder service delivery to the public, but would hate to see a situation where she is no longer able to carry out her probes thoroughly and end up compromising her findings. Perhaps only cases where other agencies had failed to make sense in their investigations, or are clear that there had been a cover up, should be referred to her. My concern is that she may run out of steam just when South Africans need her most. I believe she is a treasure to all South Africans who would like to see a SA that is run "fraud & corruption" free - she also needs to be protected from exhaustion - mental or otherwise.

  • amacala1 - 2012-05-03 17:26

    Good news for CITIZENS, Thuli, if you include God in this investigation, he will give you strength, way of how to do it and you will come to the truth easily. Go Thuli Go.

  • valcooperRSA - 2012-05-03 18:30

    Will this Lady be allowed to disclose what she finds or will she be silenced I hope she has body guards 24/7 I don't mind paying taxes to keep her safe.

  • brainbowgold - 2012-05-03 18:53

    It's not only the collections consortium that should be investigated, but most definitely also the lily-white consultants who master-minded the whole scheme.

  • braamc - 2012-05-03 19:47

    We have to get rid of this cANCer, filthy thieves

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-03 20:00

    Perhaps her findings will be protected by the secrecy bill ...

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