Mixed reaction to Sanral CEO quitting

2012-05-08 12:42

Johannesburg - There were mixed reactions on Tuesday to the resignation of SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) CEO Nazir Alli.

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa), which was granted an urgent interdict in April to stop the launch of the controversial e-tolling system, said it "imagined" the e-tolling matter might have been a catalyst for Alli's resignation.

"Whatever the reasons, though, we wish Mr Alli every success in his endeavours going forward, and we look forward to working with Sanral to resolving the e-tolling issue," chairperson Wayne Duvenhage said.

"Outa is still fully committed to its legal challenge and the full court review... We are, however, also keen to work with the authorities to resolve this matter to circumvent the further waste of taxpayers' money in court battles."


Duvenhage said ultimately the credibility of Sanral needed to be restored as well as the country’s ability to raise the necessary finance facilities at the best rates.

In a statement earlier, Sanral board chairperson Tembakazi Mnyaka said it had accepted Alli's resignation on Monday. He did not give Alli's reasons for doing so. Alli would continue in his post until June 3.

The Democratic Alliance said it was "encouraged" by the move.

"He has done the honourable thing by resigning after the Gauteng e-toll fiasco," DA MPL Neil Campbell said.

"While he managed the construction of an excellent road network well, he is a poor communicator and we trust that his successor... will not only be an excellent manager, but also a good communicator."

The party hoped Alli's successor would allow "real" public participation before making "contentious decisions... unilaterally".

Campbell said whoever took the reins would face a tough, uphill battle, and he wished them well.

The Freedom Front Plus (FF+) said it hoped for a better leadership at the roads agency.

"The FF+ is hopeful that Sanral will appoint a new CEO who will offer stronger leadership, that will interact with greater transparency and professionalism with the public in the fulfilling [of its] duties," said FF+ parliamentary spokesperson, Anton Alberts.

Arms deal link

He said the resignation raised questions about reports that e-toll contractors were involved in an arms deal.

Last week, the public protector was asked to investigate the e-toll collection contracts after reports that "politically-connected people" may have benefited from the toll companies contracted to Sanral.

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

At the time, the DA said there were 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.

On Tuesday, Justice Project SA (JPSA) also welcomed Alli's resignation.

"His resignation does not spell the 'death knell' of the e-tolling issue, but merely represents the removal of a single hurdle to progress on the resolution of this matter," it said.

"Whilst Mr Alli’s dictatorial and often aggressive style has angered many over the years, it is interesting to note that Sanral has stated that it will not entertain any further comment beyond their media announcement."

JPSA said this showed that Sanral had no intention of changing its ways when it came to communication.

Congress of SA Trade Unions spokesperson Patrick Craven could not immediately be reached for comment.

  • Johan - 2012-05-08 12:47

    Arms deals? Eish - That is terrible!

      Sean - 2012-05-08 13:14

      When i read this drivel, I could not but help think of the Kill Bill song: I was five and he was six We rode on horses made of sticks He wore black and I wore white He would always win the fight Bang bang, he shot me down Bang bang, I hit the ground Bang bang, that awful sound Bang bang, my baby shot me down Seasons came and changed the time When I grew up, I called him mine He would always laugh and say "Remember when we used to play?" Bang bang, I shot you down Bang bang, you hit the ground Bang bang, that awful sound Bang bang, I used to shoot you down

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-05-08 13:25

      Is the next "Bomb" to be dropped on the public "The Nelson Mandela Children Fund"....will there be greedy hands found in these funds? What government run institution is not being bleed?

      colin.dovey - 2012-05-08 14:36

      His action today reminds one of the Captain abandoning ship when it hits the rocks - leaving crew and passengers to battle it out - he should be, at least, be called to account at a Parliamentary Committee. If he does not, then he is either a coward, or there is some sort of MAJOR cover up.....come clean!

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-08 12:53

    Running away = Honourable? Hey Juju ! Where are you when we need you? Sort out this Sanral nonsense! The National roads belong to the People. It cannot belong to a Limited Company which operates on a on a profit incentive, with individuals in Government as shareholders. Please come and Nationalize the National Roads for us. E-Notollic freedom in our lifetime!

      SaffaSeun - 2012-05-08 13:07

      Hahaha! Oh man you made my day :) Good one. Yes come on Juju! Roads should belong to the people! Damn those agents who wants the roads for themselfs! Nationalize!

      branden.hart - 2012-05-09 08:30

      Hey - It's not a bad idea. He'll nationalise the roads and give it to the people ... Um Hold On ... They already belong to the people .. Maybe he'll only toll the road to Limpopo as a Help Pay for Juju's house fund.

  • Warwick - 2012-05-08 12:56

    He was the anc's fall guy, the 'front man' of this attempted extortion racket - he was a patsy, a dupe. Dig deeper and all the worms will surface. No, it's goodbye to public enemy No 1, Nazi Alli - you will not be missed you arrogant chop! Now the cards will fall...............just waiting patiently. The fight continues.

      Alan - 2012-05-08 13:27

      yip - the Mixed Reactions to his resignation ranged from "Yippee to Yay to Bravo"

      Hugh - 2012-05-08 15:40

      The DA's Campbell compliments the good job done on the upgrades? Why are we then resurfacing the M1 a year later and why is the Benoni JHB surface not completed?

  • Kobus - 2012-05-08 12:57

    Bye Bye :)

      Alan - 2012-05-08 13:31

      No more Ali Baba .. now it's Alli Bye Bye

  • David - 2012-05-08 13:00

    Good move Mr Alli. Run before the You know what hits the fan! Will there be a golden handshake that will cost the tax payer more? Of course there will!

  • Piet - 2012-05-08 13:02

    Resigning without compensation, and ANC cadre? No ways!!!!

  • Richard - 2012-05-08 13:09

    And you can be assured he will receive a suitable Golden Handshake for his incredible contribution...

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-05-08 13:10

    "The heat is on, and I am getting the f*** outta here."

  • Gieljam - 2012-05-08 13:12

    SANALtanic busy sinking? Alli was actually a likeable person ,But then this is what happens if a scape goat is looked for .

      Alan - 2012-05-08 13:28

      likeable? hmmm Not sure why 'arrogant' comes to mind!

  • david.maake - 2012-05-08 13:12

    Thanks for doing the honourable thing Ali! Hope the minister follows suit too...

  • Eugene - 2012-05-08 13:14

    Another deal, another corrupt politician. He will be appointed in a higher position within a couple of months and still receive full benefits until the Government finds or creates a new post for him.

  • Stille - 2012-05-08 13:15

    Now lets see what meatpuppet the Anc and the people behind this scheme places in his position.

  • Erna - 2012-05-08 13:15

    This infamous arms deal keeps on cropping up like a rotten egg.

  • ujozi.sales - 2012-05-08 13:23

    Never thought the day would come when we would miss Julius. Indians in the Lotto Indians in sanral here an Indian there an Indian everywhere an Indian. what the ANC fight for to liberate and enrich the they suffered so much under apartheid? and why is it that all the greenies living in the suburbs are foreigners and the South Africans are still in soweto?

      Jaja - 2012-05-08 14:05

      Dont come here with that tendency...dont come here with that racist tendency. If you have the tendency of undermining people based on their race, you are in the wrong place, even where you work you are in the wrong place.

      Lungani - 2012-05-08 15:20

      @ujozi.sales... Unfortunately if we can trace your grand parents history we might find out that they migrated into South Africa for a job; that makes you a foriengner child. So grow up and work harder to move out from Soweto if you don't like to stay there. Also don't insinaute that all people in Soweto are poor. Also who put gun on your head to stay in Soweto?, mind you all Black poeple in South Africa don't stay in Soweto. In short you a Xenophobic and Racist by all standard and cannot see beyond your short-sightedness of humans. Why don't you go to the surburbs and occupy all rooms you identify as foriengners rooms?, since you have the tendency of entitilments. If you black African then I am ashamed and embarrassed that you belong to my RACE.

  • Nosiphom - 2012-05-08 13:30

    Jimmy, if he were an honourable man would have left first, after all it was him who told us to shut up and just accept that there are tolled highways. He has not spoken anything since. As for Mr Alli, he has done the honourable thing. His e-toll baby was still born - ill conceived. He kept on claiming he is just implementing government policy, what he does not say is how he influenced government to come up with the so called ill conceived "user pays" principles that excludes quite a number of users with foreign plates. Sbu should do the same too, if he were honourable.

  • Gert - 2012-05-08 13:35


      Dhavandran - 2012-05-08 13:44

      i have always said that this a@#$ehole is reponsible for all the corruption in the anc. the more he rapes the taxpayer the more for his corrupt ministers . bastard!

  • Foremind - 2012-05-08 13:38

    Mr Alli, I hope there is a clause in your contract that says \current and previous directors/ officers will be held liable for any wrong doing during their stay in office\. I hope you will avail yourself when needed in the court of law soon. Wish you all the best

  • joy.termorshuizen - 2012-05-08 13:39

    Rat leaving the sinking ship!

  • Thoka - 2012-05-08 13:40

    many of you must follow suit and quit, drag along transport minister with you. When going gets tough............

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-05-08 13:40

    This is the results of appointing an individual who is not qualified for the many more...only got the job by who they know not what they know. This would still be excepted if the C.E.O took up studies to improve his knowledge and ability to do the job....but the don't....hence don't be surprised if a huge percentage of these institutions become defunct and bankrupt.

  • Dhavandran - 2012-05-08 13:41

    vavi send in your cv and bring power to the people.

  • TawwaTienie - 2012-05-08 13:45

    Is daar ENIGE eerbaarheid in hierdie Tol of ANDER Tol of Regerings - die een is soos die ander Klein steel Groot steel - Steel bly STEEL!

  • muriel.proudfoot - 2012-05-08 13:55

    The Players might change... but the game of corruption will carry on as long as the ANC is in charge!

  • Ehllene - 2012-05-08 14:01

    Keep our Freeways free! A luta continua!

  • ThaBob - 2012-05-08 14:06

    Hey NAZI ! Read my lips : the "people" don't want toll roads !!! Comprehendo ?!?

  • rudi.strydom2 - 2012-05-08 14:09

    If a ship sinks the rats jumps first

  • Mart - 2012-05-08 14:24

    The Chinese have put pressure on him to resign. They will insist on having their 'nominee' appointed. Watch my tracer.

  • Leonard - 2012-05-08 14:26

    thank you (shmuck)

  • Pule - 2012-05-08 14:37

    3 dead,1 resign...ANC...How can I place my resume for the job they left.Oh!I'm better Zuma atleast I got Grade 4 with 7 E symbols...

  • Jethro - 2012-05-08 15:13

    Dam straight it was a wise move! What a silly thing to try and put into action in the first place, selling an idea to the Government is easy! Just tell them how much money they will make and they will sign whatever you want them to. At the end of the day, it is the people who decide what is appropriate and what is just plane silly!

  • Gerrit - 2012-05-08 16:00

    This is the loud mouth that threatened to impound our cars have us arrested not have our licenses renewed and now he runs away.Terrible when one thinks you are untouchable and all off a sudden your ego is shattered.No sympathy.

  • Chikane - 2012-05-08 17:57

    Sad news, I met Mr Alli personally whilst working for implementation of E-Toll @ ETC. He is a man of great stature, futurist and a real catalyst for change. I never thought he'll succumb to pressure. However, my biggest worry is the volatility of the markets. This man implemented biggest construction projects for RSA. Markets will be a tad below on digesting this news.

  • Kholofelo Irene Maboho - 2012-05-08 18:20

    It's very easy to judge when you're not well informed...little knowledge will make you bitter. SANRAL is what it is today(a great entity) bcoz of Mr Alli, we have lost a great leader!

  • Rodney - 2012-05-08 19:46

    its show tht something is burning at sanral. Let the truth come so tht we know the real beneficial are...., ANC play the people. Nw is time to open our eyes.

  • John Mphande - 2012-05-08 20:35

    Good riddance.

  • Jason - 2012-05-11 07:40

    CEO of Sanral resigned. i think he was TOLLED to go !!!!!!

  • Leon - 2012-05-21 17:29

    Why should there be any "reaction" to this person's resignation...LOL.

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