Motlanthe to speak on e-tolls

2012-05-31 07:24

Johannesburg - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe is due to brief the media on the controversial Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project on Thursday.

The briefing is scheduled for 09:00 in Parliament.

Last week, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan made an unusual appeal to the Constitutional Court in a bid to set aside a high court order halting e-tolling.

According to the Beeld newspaper the appeal application papers were handed to Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng at the court.

In an affidavit Gordhan said South Africa would have to brace itself for negative international credit ratings.

Essential services to schools, hospitals and roads would be adversely affected if the temporary court order remained in place until a revision process, and the subsequent appeals, were concluded.

Gordhan regarded his request as so urgent that he asked Mogoeng to convene the Constitutional Court during its annual July recess to hear the application.

His chief objection to the interim court order issued by Judge Bill Prinsloo in the North Gauteng High Court on 28 April, was that Prinsloo ignored the constitutional principle of separation of powers.

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) applied to have e-tolling halted.

The High Court order prevents the SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) from levying or collecting e-tolls pending the outcome of a judicial review. Sanral CEO Nazir Alli resigned on 7 May.

Government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi recently said a review would be done of Constitutional Court rulings to assess "the impact of the judgments of the Constitutional Court on the transformation of society".

  • jamesyboi78 - 2012-05-31 07:30

    cant wait to see the e toll crash :)

      Vince - 2012-05-31 07:42

      I agree James! Time to take up the Spear and fight back!! To hell with your tolls and taxes! They must stop stealing then there will be enough money for all!

      Steve - 2012-05-31 09:18

      Don't be surprised if they start popping up all over the country. The government wants more of these and other cash cows.

  • Marion - 2012-05-31 07:34

    Please excuse my ignorance, but can someone explain to me what separation of powers they are referring to?

      Alan - 2012-05-31 07:59

      Probably - they dont want the Courts to be able to interfere with ANC "enrichment policies". I.E. The ANC wants to be above the law.

      procold2 - 2012-05-31 08:25

      first time i have heard the term

      Justin - 2012-05-31 14:31

      Separation of powers is the fact that the State and judiciary would in separate spheres. State makes policy and judicary rules on the policies in terms of the interpretation and whether it is in line with the Constitution. There is nothing wrong with the judiciary saying that a new piece of legislation must be reviewed to see if it complies with the law and due processes imho.

  • julian.booyens - 2012-05-31 07:35

    can someone pleas explain to me: 'Essential services to schools, hospitals and roads would be adversely affected if the temporary court order remained in place until a revision process, and the subsequent appeals, were concluded.' Were these not operating smoothly already before the etoll saga ? What will it benfit them now if it was introduced?

      johleneh - 2012-05-31 07:40

      Good question...I would like to know too!

      Ashwin - 2012-05-31 07:41

      Monies that was stolen/ pocketed. Monies that Gov needs to now find. A sudden flurry of service delivery before the next elections to show how they have delivered. With money taken from us. Twice over.

      Max - 2012-05-31 07:57

      Big words from intelectually challanged people to confuse their followers....the problem is the followers are also unable to comprehend what is being said so they follow blindly.

      Marion - 2012-05-31 08:00

      @julian - good point. I thought the money was needed to pay for road maintenance. This money-go-round game of the government is evident. They put the names of all the departments into a hat and every month they draw a couple of names out of the hat and then those departments get money to pay their debts. Next month those names are left out of the hat.

      julian.booyens - 2012-05-31 08:01

      Sorry just to correct spelling from my speed typing before I get roasted, Can, please, benefit

      Alan - 2012-05-31 08:01

      Just a smokescreen, so that when the elections come, they can point to the lack of service delivery, and blame it all on the public for opposing the tolls and putting the Govt. into debt (instead of enriching their pension scheme). Only problem is that the people who use the (public) roads aint gonna buy that story.

      Israel - 2012-05-31 08:13

      Good question indeed, ANC Leaders are there to serve their own interest.We want to know the companies that benefited from the e-toll sytem and also the name of its directors FINISH AND KLAAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Poplapie - 2012-05-31 16:00

      This bailout that they are referring to will have to come from somewhere, that is why other government services get affected. I have always thought white people know this things, i guess i wrong. All you know is sarcasm and insults.

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-05-31 07:39

    I don't care what this guy has to say because we only ever see them speaking about this or that. At this point I am only interested in ACTIONS!

  • jodyvford - 2012-05-31 07:40

    They should have extended the initial negotiation process, if they had done that along with including more parties in the decision then we would not be in the situation we are in right now. But just like the 400 million rand we'll have to cough up to host yet another sporting event, the people do not have muc say. Instead we are the ones who have to be content with the backlash of goverments decisions. So much for an adanced democracy

  • Dooie - 2012-05-31 07:42

    Yeah. Typical. They will fight it to the extreme to get that money in their pockets. They need it for their corrupt system.

      Tebz001 - 2012-05-31 09:02

      we need to get rid of corruption; ANC=corruption => corruption=ANC

  • Max - 2012-05-31 07:45

    The e-toll money is not earmarked for schools, etc. It was earmarked for ANC cronies and overseas companies. So go and spin this drivel to your voting fodder, they are the only ones stupid enough to believe you.

  • Oompiet - 2012-05-31 07:46

    Thanks Jimmy Manyi the court are run by a minority for minority,if you're ANC or black you don't come out 2nd best,I don't remember a court rulling in favour of the ANC or a black man against an afrikaner.

      africanwolf - 2012-05-31 08:02

      No one stops you you are welcome to donate towards the e-steal

  • Vaughan - 2012-05-31 07:47

    Bla bla bla... What essential services to hospitals, schools. They have already fallen into disarray. Scary part however, is Eskom is now coming out with the same slogin of users must pay, so I foresee a higher than expected increase from Eskom this year.

  • gregory.jurgens - 2012-05-31 07:47

    F**k the e toll. We don't want it. Sanral F**ked up. Don't shove it down our throats, goverment is begging for disaster with this f**k the people attitude.

  • Sharon - 2012-05-31 07:54

    Enter Mogoeng - I was wondering when he would have to prove his worth as chief justice. He was put there for a reason, and it seems it is now payback time. When they started the project I thought - now here I can see where my tax is going! How utterly naive I was!!!

      gregory.jurgens - 2012-05-31 08:03

      Right, Sharon Mogoeng is simply a ANC pawn waiting to be moved into any position to suit the Anc .

      Alan - 2012-05-31 08:09

      who cares what Moegoe decides - we aint gonna pay!

      Gerhard - 2012-05-31 09:04

      Correction... Parktown Prawn

      paulgerber969 - 2012-05-31 09:04

      yes we will see now if he is impartial

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-05-31 07:58

    Say somethng positive please.

      Herman - 2012-05-31 08:04

      Yes, something positive like the criminal anc is not in power anymore, damn, that would be the most positive thing in a very long time Power to the Taxpayer!

      russell.w.wright.5 - 2012-05-31 08:06

      about e-tolling? what?

      Alan - 2012-05-31 08:17

      er Russel - Like maybe .. "There are some unused Gantries up for demolition. Recovered bricks are available by the truckload to anybody who wants them, but Cosatu has first option on the bricks, to be used to protect themselves against Militant DA Marchers".

      Gerhard - 2012-05-31 09:06

      I am positive that I will not pay for the e-toll. I am positive that I will not vote ANC. I am positive that I have had enough of being raped as a tax payer. I am positive that every single ANC politician is corrupt.

      Alan - 2012-05-31 09:22

      Good one Gerhard

      Alan - 2012-05-31 09:29

      Frankly, I wish I COULD say something positive about the ANC. I once had high hopes for it back in Madiba's day. Bu those are long gone, and after 18 years the ANC has abolutely proven itself to be not only incompetent but hopelessly corrupt. I am positive that is the truth.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-31 07:59

    It should be a very brief brief : Don't buy e-tags.

      Alan - 2012-05-31 08:10

      Well unlke the painting - we will see the anc in briefs

  • Lionel - 2012-05-31 08:01

    Why don't they just pay the money back that these tenderpreneurs made from their profits?

  • russell.w.wright.5 - 2012-05-31 08:02

    Screw Sanral and e-tolling.

  • Andrea - 2012-05-31 08:02

    Sorry what does schools and hospitals have to do with e-toll ? Funds collected are meant for ongoing maintenance and upgrades of roads !! Acknowledge roads have to be paid for but not by extortion! A simple easy solution, which will cost them nothing to collect is increase the fuel levy slightly and I mean slightly !

      Alan - 2012-05-31 08:12

      just politicking.... tick tick tock

  • anthonycharles.williams - 2012-05-31 08:05

    After reading this article, all I can come up with is "piss off"

      Alan - 2012-05-31 08:11

      How about ... p*ss off at a k*k spoed, and dont come back?

  • David - 2012-05-31 08:09

    Kgalema must be wary of being used as a pawn in this saga he has been quite and for some unknown reason has decided to ruin his respect from the people. Ifd he were wise he would talk on curbing corruption and abuse of tax payers money. The President failed to suspend Mudluli, ANC is demonstrating over a painting yet basic services are not met and they dont toy toy for that lol. Sad Mzansi sad

  • Paul - 2012-05-31 08:09

    Essential services to schools,hospitals and roads shouldn't be affected by the potential funding or should I say funds stolen from South Africans due to E Tolling. Those services should all be independantly funded by their various departments,makes you wonder what Mr Pravin Gordhan is either hiding or trying to cover up for the ANC,either that or the ANC never thought their little "E tolling" operation through,which I'm sure we all have noticed appears to be a trend within the ANC... THEY NEVER THINK A SINGLE CRUCIAL DECISION THROUGH!!! and we the taxpayers as well as the poor all end up paying for their stupidity while they(ANC) all sit back and reap the financial benefits of stealing from their own people and countrymen... Unless I'm wrong here? If so I'll be more than happy to admit it and apoligize.

  • i2meleng - 2012-05-31 08:09

    I urge, every South African, green, yellow, white,purple, black, red, let's all stand together and fight this evil Goverment and it's twisted ways. If there's an account where we can depoist money to help those who are at the forefront of fighting the e-tolls in court, let's all contribute, I don't care how much I will.

      Alan - 2012-05-31 08:21

      SMS "noetoll" to 40773 to make a R20 donation to OUTA for legal fees. Larger donations can be made via the OUTA website. These guys really need funding to go up against the anc who are fighting their case with taxpayers money. Ironic - using taxpayers money to fight a battle to screw taxpayers!

      i2meleng - 2012-05-31 08:34

      Thanks Alan, much appreciated. I'll double that R20.

      Alan - 2012-05-31 08:41

      Road users like me should donate R20 EVERY DAY that we dont have to pay for Tolls, until the batle is won!! Lat's all take a stand and make a difference!!

  • africanwolf - 2012-05-31 08:10

    They should of make a referendum first, and ask the people if they want the tolls. Same with street name changes , they should of ask the people in each area if they agree to that specific name change of the street they live in. It is the same as calling a street in the name of Eugene Terreblanche in the middle of Soweto, without asking anyone.

      martinh82 - 2012-05-31 09:33

      "If you build it, you van name it" is a mantra that SHOULD be followed. I have no problem with Tswhane Metro, since the metro was defined with new government, also no problem with Nelson Mandela Ave in Pretoria (which was founded almost a century before Apartheid government...), since the road was built with new government. BUT if it is OK to rename things left and right (with the exception of offensive names like Ka**erfontein), then maybe there should be a petition to rename Nelson Mandela Ave to HF Verwoerd ave...

  • Shellerjc - 2012-05-31 08:16

    The ANC Government lined their own pockets and have now been caught with their hands in the cookie jar, and the only way for them to PAY BACK the money THEY stole is to make everyone else, YOU & ME pay. WHEN will South Africans stop voting for the party who is clearly STEALING them blind???

      sbudesh1 - 2012-05-31 08:42

      If we stop voting for anc which party should we vote for? DA? I don't think so, white people have shown us their capabilities of running the country and I I'll be damned if I'm going to have to carry a passport for going to the shop, I don't want to go throgh what my grandparents went through

      Adrian - 2012-05-31 09:06

      @sbudesh1 No one has said that you should vote for the DA. There are more than 2 political parties in South Africa, and you have the right to vote for the party you feel will best serve the country. "I'll be damned if I'm going to have to carry a passport for going to the shop, I don't want to go throgh what my grandparents went through" - this comment is based on what ? The DA being the "fathers of Apartheid" perhaps ? Or have you forgotten that they were AGAINST the National Party. Now what about that said party ? A brief look on wikipedia says: "Marthinus van Schalkwyk (NNP): He was appointed Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism in the South African cabinet as a reward for aligning his party with the ruling African National Congress (ANC)" - So, according to your own reasoning, you are voting for Apartheid if you vote for the ANC. Sounds kinda stupid don't you think ? As for me, I want to vote for the party or person that will serve the needs of the country. This may not necessarily mean that I vote for the same party in municipal and national elections. I have seen some Politicians from ALL the political parties (yes, there are no exceptions), that really do believe in doing best for their communities and country- these are the people I vote for. I have also seen some rotten apples amongst the political parties, who believe that they are to be served - instead of serving. A politician is a representative, not a king. Just wish they would realize that

      donovan.botha - 2012-05-31 09:12

      @sbudesh it does not matter who we vote for as long as it is not the anc besides even if we vote da we can monitor them apartheit is gone for good so get over it.

      sbudesh1 - 2012-05-31 09:18

      @ Adrian I have looked at it that way, I only vote 4 anc becouse majority of ppl where I stay supports the anc even though we don't get the service delivery that we need. I guess I have to do more research and change my thinking.

      martinh82 - 2012-05-31 09:45

      @sbudesh1, so you vote ANC because that is what everybody around you votes? That is sad and true waste of a secret ballot. You should vote who you think is the best person for the job, simple as that. If you repetitively vote for and ANC councillor and he keeps on screwing up, you have NO SYMPATHY, since you helped put/keep him there. If the ANC keeps on putting an idiot in that position then maybe the ANC are only a bunch of idiots replacing themselves. If you feel that an opposing candidate is a better choice nothing stops you for voting for that person. What is even better is to enlighten you fellow voters on the wrongs of the ANC candidate and why you think the other candidate is better. Remember when it comes to local elections the parties source from the local community, so the other party's candidate is from the same community. I have seen numerous white Afrikaner candidates on the ANC ticket in Afrikaner neighbourhoods...

  • Lucky Prince Masoeu - 2012-05-31 08:17

    Lets not be fooled here people. Only 7% of the money generated by e-tolls will stay in SA, the rest( billions of rands) will go to the Swiss company that got the tender to erect this e-toll system

      Alan - 2012-05-31 08:22

      and why should SA oney be expatriated, when we need schools etc in SA??? Kinda makes no sense.

      Gerhard - 2012-05-31 09:09

      Simple, it's payback for all the bribes paid in the arms deal and one way for the corrupt government to get their money offshore now before they lose power in the next elections.

      Dhavandran - 2012-05-31 09:13

      at the same time lets not loose track of the aussie connection. one of the shaiks is there. remember the c/card licence was from one of the shaiks company. he is in down under.

      Alan - 2012-05-31 09:23

      hmm - sounds like an anc "SHAIK DOWN"

  • Vince.York - 2012-05-31 08:18

    1/. NO-ONE BELIEVES ANYTHING AN ANC CADRE SAYS ANY LONGER! 2/. Take the money out of all your small cabal of elitist thieves pockets from illicit contracts and PAY IT BACK TO SOUTH AFRICA instead of trying to sideswipe all citizens HERE to pay YOU and your connected expanded tribal families for the next 500 years. 3/. In short - GIVE SOUTH AFRICANS HOPE AGAIN and not just more hot air nonsense and covered up thievery. It is ABUNDANTLY CLEAR NOW why Mogoeng Mogoeng was appointed as the primary SUBSERVIANT slave to drive through connected cadre enrichment to the DETRIMENT OF ALL SA. He is no different to the Mpshe that announced completely against all principles, to allow an idiot to be cleared from multiple court cases virtually proven in court of law and foisted onto us to make a mockery of our nation - and whose decisions are RIGHT NOW under review again. These words come from Motlanthe who has so many contracts under his cadre crony person that he doesn't even NEED a semi presidential salary. TIME TO WAKE UP SA - they are adamant that YOU & I will continue to support them in high life while they beggar us.

  • Richard - 2012-05-31 08:18

    His chief objection to the interim court order issued by Judge Bill Prinsloo in the North Gauteng High Court on April 28, was that Prinsloo ignored the constitutional principle of separation of powers. Haha that is a joke. Since when do they believe in separation of powers. They have tried everything to bring the judicial system under their wings.

      Alan - 2012-05-31 08:28

      yeah - one would kind of expect the courts to uphold the Constitution and Laws in a TRUE DEMOCRACY. Otherwise - how could we ever have any protection from corrupt governanace? This case is very important regarding future Govt. actions in SA, because if Moegoe "bows' to his Puppetmasters, we will be screwed for evermore in SA, be we white black yellow or green...

  • clive.brink - 2012-05-31 08:24

    "Essential services to schools, hospitals and roads would be adversely affected if the temporary court order remained in place" Come on Mr Gordhan, what essential services are there, the one's you mention ceased long long ago. The only essential services you can be concerned about is lining you and your cronies pockets. Take your news about e-tolling and dissapear, we dont want to hear about it. You have destroyed our country now please quit before the last remnants are gone (read stolen) too. Stop this e-tolling now, its going to cause a war in this country, worry instead about the crime!!!!

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-05-31 08:25

    You can brief the media all you want Kgalema, the public will still not pay your stupid toll fees. You can find some other way of getting rich, the citizens in this country have had enough of being used as a piggy bank so you morons can live the high life.

  • Johan - 2012-05-31 08:26

    The reason Minister Gordhan, why SA is getting negative credit ratings is not because of the court's judgement on e-tolling and your speculative consequences, but rather poor governance and flourishing corruption. Are you that ignorant not to realize this?

      Alan - 2012-05-31 08:32

      nah - the spindoctors write the speeches.

  • Pieter - 2012-05-31 08:30

    What happend to all the Tax money paid the passed 18 years that should have been allocated to roads? Why did they start the roads reablitation project without consulting the people first and just expect people to pay? A negative credit rating will be on the national covernment body it self due to miss management. This e-toll is bull @ \*!!!!

      Gerhard - 2012-05-31 09:11

      They wasted all of that money paid over the past 18 years. Coffers are running dry, they need more.

  • Warwick - 2012-05-31 08:32

    There is an election for a new anc head honcho coming up soon, the e-tolls will be put on hold until after that, just like with the municipal elections last year – this is all smoke& mirrors, a bid to buy time. Once the uneducated, shower head small spear guy gets the head anc honcho position again, the e-tolling fight will continue and will be fought in the constitutional court. These anc clowns have much to lose if the e-tolling fails, they all have a vested self interest in the profits – this is the anc mother load, their cash cow to milk dry. If there are any real good journalists left, they’ll uncover the true scope of the corruption being played out here. Name & shame these corrupters, let the ‘blind’ masses see who the real enemies are in this country. Mr. Mothlante, we will not get tagged, we will not surrender our freedom of movement for your profit – we are the UNGOVERNABLE FORCE. To hell with the anc & sanral.

      Alan - 2012-05-31 08:36

      eloquent! But the problem is that no matter corruption and double stndards the 'leaders' apply ... the 'blind' masses cannot see past their oses. Take the case of Juju for example.....

  • Teuneman - 2012-05-31 08:37

    He's going to ask for an increase on his car allowance.

  • Alan - 2012-05-31 08:43

    Random unrelated thought .... Should the Blue Lights not be replaced with 'spear' replicas?

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-31 08:47

      Yes! In wonderful red plastic. Would be most impressive!

      Alan - 2012-05-31 09:07

      Red is Racist.

  • Nico - 2012-05-31 08:45

    The problem is, they're doing the same in Cape Town, they don't learn from their mistakes !!! They can't even pay back the money for Gauteng's Tolls, but they make more debt by doing the same in Cape Town !!! It can only be ANC mentality !!!

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-05-31 08:51

    Constitutional principle of separation of powers?? That must be pure drivel. I'd like to see the government prove that in court - that the constitution actually supports this. And what is it supposed to mean??

      Alan - 2012-05-31 09:08

      it means that the ANC wants to be above the law, so that they loot and plunder on hairbarained schemes without the inconveniences like the Toll one they are suffering at the moment.

  • david.diego.14 - 2012-05-31 08:55

    Motlanthe i ws thnk abt u to bcm our future president bt u prv me wrong,u dnt see tht we dn't need ths e-toll anymore!!

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-05-31 08:57

    The African National Congress(ANC) has failed to run this country.Poor planning is a major problem in this government.The ANC will never win the war against poverty in this country as long as they appoint people in terms of their political affiliation not on merit.(I hate to admit it-The DA is doing better than the ANC in terms of public administration.All Western Cape provincial departments have received clean audit over the past three years.

      Luntu Gcwabe - 2012-05-31 09:41

      our government is not fighting poverty they just want to keep it running to have the sympathy of the poor regrding elections, if you were to take a closer look on who vote for them mostly the poor and they dont care about the votes of the elite they are the few manority in any case

  • Johnathon - 2012-05-31 09:04

    I read in a News 24 article recently that SANRAL had originally, long time ago, been given a budget of 6 billion rand to upgrade all major arterial roads in South Africa. On the most recent analysis, these clowns somehow got authorisation to have spent a staggering 90 billion rand so far on this upgrade project. That is a staggering 1500% over budget. A vast portion obviously must have gone into endless meetings and design buy overseas companies on whole e-toll system disaster over say past 8 years. Also appointing 22 contractors involved (Who ever needs so many companies to be involved). The e-toll system was meant to go alive let’s say about 8 - 10 months ago, before Gauteng motorists successfully stopped the "Motor Gate" conspiracy. One must realise that everything has been in place for this period of time, but has so far remained completely idle, with all necessary staff sitting and counting flies on the wall. How many billions of rands have so far been consumed in fully commissioning this evil desperately needed Government "Super Cash Cow". With this unbelievably incompetent 1500% budget overspend, the Government is up to its neck in sh**, and now expects Gauteng Motorists to generously open their pockets out of pure patriotism to the land of their birth."UP YOURS BIG TIME"

      Gerhard - 2012-05-31 09:14

      The ANC is losing ground fast. They know they are going to lose in the next elections so they have upped the cost to R90 billion so they can get this cash out of the country into overseas bank accounts before the next elections. R90 billion should be enough for them to retire on.

  • ThinkingChick - 2012-05-31 09:06

    Essential services to schools and hospitals will be affected? Really? How? Why? This is nonsense. Besides, when one looks at the state of the schools and hospitals in some parts of the country, I fail to see how they could get any worse.

  • Dhavandran - 2012-05-31 09:08

    'made an unusual appeal to the Constitutional Court in a bid to set aside a high court order halting e-tolling.' 'Essential services to schools, hospitals and roads would be adversely affected if the temporary court order remained in place until a revision process, and the subsequent appeals, were concluded.' whos fooling who? praveen insults our intelligence with these statements. all he is worried about the shortfall his thugs will experience should the e-troll not go ahead. they will miss out on the biggest 'e-troll lotto' payout of all i have said before they are going to tackle the constitution before theres a change in government. Government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi recently said a review would be done of Constitutional Court rulings to assess "the impact of the judgments of the Constitutional Court on the transformation of society".the ony transformation we need is a change in government and service delivery. praveen and thugs go and F@#k are the cANCer in our society.

  • John - 2012-05-31 09:11

    As far as I can make out our credit rating is fine BBB+ and Stable. The deputy seems to be saying that this issue will have a negative affect on the current situation i.e. we can't pay our bills so therefore we can't borrow money. It took them a while to think that one up but then it does generally doesn't it. What I would like to know is where are our national reserves (slush fund just for in case). We have been dealing in gold for goodness knows how long, there must be something surely! Or perhaps not....

  • vmeiring1 - 2012-05-31 09:13

    Rather announce that South Africa is a communist country, with the voter having no say.

  • Loo - 2012-05-31 09:16

    AGGG PLLLEEEAASSSEE .. this is all BS. SHOW me ONE,, just ONE major project that require business sense the govt implemented successfully. WHY ?? because a fat cat politician sitting in an office signing away tax payer money doesn't have the aptitude to even begin understanding business and its "rules". LOTS of them , I see it first hand think that if you for example get a million rand govt order you made a million rand and should be rich. I'm not lying.. its the truth. Those same people I'm referring to is currently in charge of a R 600M budget btw. Go figure

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-31 09:45

    In an affidavit Gordhan said South Africa would have to brace itself for negative international credit ratings... What this means is that the flatcars have looted the cookie jar to the extent that it's empty. The only way they can fill it again is to apply for loans. The international community will probably not lend them anything, While they have this etoll mess to contend with. I say let them stew in this mess of their own making. Are they going to blame this on apartheid too?

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-31 09:46

      Flatcars... Should be fatcats. This predictive spelling is too much for me:)

  • phillip.coetzee - 2012-05-31 09:46

    The goverment must pay back debt, due to cancelation of some of there weopon acquisitions canselations, they sign contracts wich they can't obloge, now we must pay, we already payed, the 4 milion who is paying taxes. The fat cat goverment and there cronies is all talk. Just a pity their supporters(voters) is so gullible and uneducated, they will vote them in again. The only way is for all South Africans to stand together, form a new party wich stands for all, no infighting no racism within race but as a nation with one goal, to uplift everyone, to support each other, I think the foundation is there, now to get the right person with no conflicting interest who is not biased but humble to take the reins with similar people as his his pillars.......just a dream, but dreams can come true if we all work together.

  • bronson.wright1 - 2012-05-31 09:59

    everyone must just use bicycles....until they find some way to put a tax that for road usage

  • JAbu.R15 - 2012-05-31 10:09

    Im a bit confused, the governement improved the roads for the 2010 world cup. We were made to believe fifa was the one sponsoring the project with billions of rands kante nou what is going on?

  • JAbu.R15 - 2012-05-31 10:13

    What happened to the govenrment of the people for the people! I wonder if these governemnt guys do read our comments here, because if they did they would have resigned long time ago. As far as I am concerned, the CAN governent which we voted into power failed to deliver. So they should do us all a favour and stop wasting our resources with court cases over subjectives to prove their manhood. That is wrong, they are arrogant, deaf and uses bullying as way to get their way!

  • Johnathon - 2012-05-31 10:58

    The government is nothing but a disastrous joke. They really expect us to believe, that if e-tolling does not happen, then the country’s economy is caput. They are now trying to make the SA Citizen feel totally guilty for how the ANC politicians, family, cousins, uncles, friends etc have finally managed to deplete the fiscus. They think that by acting the big bully and dictator by legislating : Don’t pay e-tolls and 1) Go to jail 2) Have car confiscated 3) Lose drivers License 4) Get Black listed 5) Get stopped and roughed up by SANRAL Road Thugs 6) Cant renew Car License etc etc will cower and frighten the Gauteng motorist to death, and they will give SANRAL, like the highway robbers of old, anything they choose to demand. R1000 p/m R1500 p/m R2000 p/m. Please SANRAL, just take all my money and just promise not to hurt me. Here, my open wallet is all yours. At this point in time as the size of the corruption, incompetence, reckless spending and arrogance of SANRAL/Government is exposed more and more each day, do they really think that the SA motorist will ever part with a single cent towards e-tolling, no matter what threats the Government/SANRAL choose to come up with. Instead of looking at the very cheap and effective method of slightly increasing the fuel levy, they have invested so much in this humungous abortion, that it is impossible for them to now euthanize the sick beast. Government, go and lie in the bed you have made for yourselves.

  • Gerhard - 2012-05-31 13:52

    WE do not need mealie-mouthed Motlanthe or his corrupt government.

  • Gerhard - 2012-05-31 13:56

    Gordhan: "Essential services to schools, hospitals and roads would be adversely affected if the temporary court order remained in place until a revision process, and the subsequent appeals, were concluded." We already got all that, so what is he talking about?