Sanral, transport dept confirm: Tolls on hold

2012-04-26 21:00

Johannesburg - The implementation of the e-tolling system on Gauteng's highways was postponed for a month by the transport department and SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on Thursday.

The announcement was made by transport director general George Mahlalela, just hours after the African National Congress (ANC) and the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) said they would ask the government for a month-long delay.

E-tolling was to have been implemented on 185km of highway in Gauteng on Monday.

In a statement on Thursday night, the department said its implementation was being postponed until May 30.

This was to "finalise regulations following input on regulatory and administrative issues from the public and interested stakeholders.

Welcoming the decision, the ANC said it showed leadership and responsiveness by the government.

"It is encouraging to us that we live in a democracy where these issues can be thoroughly debated and discussed," added Cosatu spokesman Patrick Craven.

The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria is to rule at 11:00 on Saturday on an urgent interdict to stop the implementation of the e-tolling system.

The application was brought by the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance. There are seven respondents, including the transport department, Sanral and the National Treasury. the Congress of SA Trade Unions has an observer present.

Earlier, Cosatu and the ANC said they had agreed to the delay in talks on Thursday.

"The leadership has collectively agreed to postpone the implementation of the e-toll collection system by a month," they said in a statement.

"This will give the task team more time to explore alternative funding mechanisms."

Cosatu general-secretary Zwelinzima Vavi told reporters on Thursday that the entire central executive committee of Cosatu was united against e-tolling.

"There is not a single dissenting voice," he said.

He said e-tolls would represent a huge additional burden on all motorists, particularly workers who had no choice but to use cars to get to and from work because of a lack of reliable and safe public transport.

Cosatu has postponed a general strike against e-tolling planned for Monday.

The delay would give it time to assess the success of resistance to e-tolling, and any future legal action.

Other mass action planned for Monday, including a highway blockade in Johannesburg, would go ahead, Vavi said, Speaking after a special meeting of Cosatu's executive, Vavi said the blockade of four tollgates at Middelburg and Nkomazi, in Mpumulanga, would form part of the mass action on Monday.

In North West, a demonstration was being planned at Swartruggens plaza.

On Tuesday, a march would take place from the May Day rally at Good Hope Centre to the Cape Chamber of Commerce.

Vavi said Cosatu's executive was opposed to what he described as the "commodification" of South Africa's public road network.

  • nkadimeng - 2012-04-26 21:04

    They should stop wasting money on lawayers and adverts, they need it more than ever.

      Dave - 2012-04-26 21:08

      Sanrals lawyers must be really peeved, they have really been mde fool of......vey expensive fools

      Godfrey - 2012-04-26 21:44

      So this is actualy and admission by Scumrail and anc that all the T's are not crossed and the I's not proterly dotted.

      Godfrey - 2012-04-26 21:46

      Sorry, should be properly

      1amAlan - 2012-04-26 22:02

      I'm sure the ANC will find some way of steamrolling this through. After all, don't they appoint the high court judges themselves? If they do't like a court decision they just move onto the next judge util they find one that supports them.

      Jacobus - 2012-04-27 06:44

      Hahahaha... Downt humbs 280 - Up thumbs 5 --- in 1 minute... the credibility of the voting system have been compromised

      Jason - 2012-04-27 07:04

      Sanral employers being forced to vote on news 24.

      Jacobus - 2012-04-27 07:45

      See what I mean... 190 thunbs down within a minute on the above posting. News24... distance yourself from this, or accept responsibility.

      jrheeder - 2012-04-27 08:04

      So many thumbs down, yet not a single negative comment made by them? Clearly the people reponsible dont want to show what chinese Facebook accounts are thummbing us down!

      Keith - 2012-04-27 08:47

      Jacobus, it merely goes to show how many people have got so much time to waste!

      Xavier7034 - 2012-04-27 08:49

      There is something VERY strange going on with this column - so many THUMBS DOWN for an issue where it is clear that most people oppose the E-Tags......

      Lee - 2012-04-27 09:16

      Thumbs up for all those not buying and E Tag. Thumbs down if your a SANRAL Troll.

      brett.macdonald1 - 2012-04-27 09:22

      Check how funny this is! LOL

  • Dave - 2012-04-26 21:05

    We should be jumping up and down with joy, but all this just raises more quests than answers....let's wait till Saturday to hear what the judge has to say....that 30 day deadline might just be extended

      Dave - 2012-04-26 21:06

      Sorry questions..

      Godfrey - 2012-04-26 21:39

      No need to wait for the judge to rule, ANC already ruled (to safe face) one months delay. ANC again making a mockery of our justice system.

      Dee - 2012-04-26 22:02

      Yes - I am also wondering where this will leave the court ruling. And is a 30 day hold really a 'victory' for cosatu / citizens? I would prefer to see the words CANNED and HAT BEING PASSED AROUND for every Arms deal signatory and other thieving civil servants to pay the full amount. Infact - pay more to remove those overhead monstrosities too.

      Dave - 2012-04-27 04:35

      Agreed, but how can they even ask for money when the upgrade is still under construction in many areas, another example of service delivery. The one good thing is that the people of South Africa are united together and saying NO.

      adam - 2012-04-27 05:23

      Now wait and see how the anc try to turn their mess into a victory. First will be mac maharaj ,the biggest liar,who will say the anc feels for their voters.BUT anc feels nothing. Most of their voters are poor shack-dwellers and always will be if they keep voting anc. The presiding judge does not take nonsense from any party, and I think he will rule in favour of the people. This whole fiasco has caused a massive rift in the anc, widened all the cracks, and brought enormous disrepute to the organisation. Organisation???, no a struggling and failing party. This has been a big negative as far as politics goes.

      Keith - 2012-04-27 06:24

      Dee, why should Cosatu get the credit, they are not the Government? "What's that? They are! Oh, sorry." But, Dee, how much extra are we going to have to pay using an alternative method, and how much is going to Austria/Sweden?

      adam - 2012-04-27 08:16

      Dave read cosatu as anc puppets. Read sanral as anc. Read for anc because most of them cant read.

      StoneAgePeasant - 2012-04-27 09:22

      I received an email from a friend this morning showing 3 speed cam photos from the same camera, 3 different vehicles with the same registration number (2 cars and a bike). Good luck collecting tolls from numberplate id.

  • Daantjie - 2012-04-26 21:07

    Hopefully SANRAL can see out of this that we as the SA citizens are not a bunch of pushovers and will stick to our guns till the end!

      Johnathon - 2012-04-26 23:45

      Hens have finally come home to roost for SANRAL & ANC hopefully. Arrogant an autocratic Government convinced it could simply legislate e-tolling into being, with punitive criminal action against defaulters. This has been the proudest moment I have ever felt as a SA citizen. For the first time the entire country : Black, Indian, Coloured, Chinese, White, have all stood together with a unified resolve, to tell this corrupt, incompetent, tax blowing Government, to finally go to hell. No more taxes you greedy bullies. If you just stopped pissing all public money into personal gratification and self enrichment, there will be far more than enough money, to address most of the countries social problems.

      Dave - 2012-04-27 04:37

      Thinkertank---- You speak the words we all feel. Taxi's got bought off but not the people.

      Saamprater - 2012-04-27 10:48

      Ina - 2012-04-27 15:41

      Thinkertank. Well said! It is indeed a proud moment that we are so united against exploitation. Hopefully this won't be the last time that we show such unity,when the cause is righteous!

  • Sharon - 2012-04-26 21:09

    I wonder how many people have actually registered for this highway robbery? Sanral would probably exaggerate the figures to make us think they are winning, but I think the true numbers must be quite a disappointment to them, because we will not be bullied, blackmailed or scared into signing up for this atrocity

      Dave - 2012-04-26 21:13

      We haven't even been told whether the live testing that took place only just recently was even successful, a system going live and no proof it works

      Saamprater - 2012-04-27 10:49

      Ina - 2012-04-27 15:44

      Ken 5 and six noughts? ????? that's 5 million, are you saying that's how many has already registered, because that's what Sharon asked? I hope not.

  • Goerge - 2012-04-26 21:11

    They had to extend the date. They did not have enough registrations. They knew it would be a disaster. Just look at a parking lot or watch the other cars when you drive. Very few people are "tagged". Suckers.

      mollie.kruger - 2012-04-26 23:05

      Have not seen ONE car with a so-called e-tag in the windscreen - NADA...

      adam - 2012-04-27 08:22

      I would be too embarrassed to display an e-tag. If I bought one it would specifically be for the purpose of shoving it up ther ar$e.

      Saamprater - 2012-04-27 10:50

  • Peter - 2012-04-26 21:20

    So Cosatu grabs the limelight after Outa initiated a court hearing !! I suppose they now will also take the credit for the postponement ! Check out the statement of George M...I bet you they will now change the rules and MAKE up pay, come hell or high water. I spot a turd in a punchbowl.

      Theo - 2012-04-26 23:16

      Exactly. just another politicaly motivated move. They realise that there is a huge chance that the court will rule in Outa"s favour and they will loose face. The public is no lonher pupets of the ruling party neither stupid.

      Fourhundredkg - 2012-04-27 00:20

      You are sooooo right!

      Muisie - 2012-04-27 08:50

      Cosatu is two faced....they must clear it out with their members, how mush of THEIR money had been invested in Sanral....

  • Thys - 2012-04-26 22:04

    Wonder if government will try to intervene.....

  • Ntombi - 2012-04-26 22:36

    That's the best news i've had the whole day i'm relieved 4 now because i use this high ways 6 times per week n i was thinking of using alternative routes to go to n from work

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-04-26 22:49

    This kind of rubbishes their lawyers arguments today... I think the judge will take a VERY dim view of being lied to.

      Steve - 2012-04-27 09:46

      I doubt very much whether Underholdt (SC) and his legal team will be quoting this case on their CV's. Bad when you pin your case on the argument that the whole financial system will collapse if you don't get your way, then the masters of the puppet that was deployed as your client pull the rug out from beneath you. Judge Bill has an easy day today whilst leisurely summing up his judgement, I bet he is sleeping in! The Judas Senior Council should choose his next client with more care!

  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-04-26 22:58

    They must postpone them forever they never said anything about the toll gates until now

  • valcooperRSA - 2012-04-26 23:05

    Excuse I dumb or what.......who is the anc....and who is the government

      Andile - 2012-04-27 06:42

      Ever heard of asking the obvious? But let me try and help you find your identity, yes you are DUMB. I'm sorry I had to be the 1 who tells you what you have known for so long. Two centres of power, the ANC is different from Government. If ANC was government than all Ministers and Their Deputies would be ANC members and that's not the case (e.g. Pieter Mulder)

      Jason - 2012-04-27 07:36

      Val, the ANC and government are 2 seperate entities but right now you are correct as the anc are running government, if the anc got 2/3s majority then they would be the government for that term and Andile and all of us would be paying E-tolls from next month. That's why no party should ever get 2/3s majority whether it's ANC, DA, IFP etc if they do most educated South Africans of all races would look for oppertunities outside our borders.

      Harry - 2012-04-27 10:02

      well done Val Question asked was a rhetorical question and you caught two fish hook line and sinker trying to explain to youLOL!!

  • Aqhama - 2012-04-26 23:22

    I want to thank the leadership of ANC this time around. they were not supposed to be told to do justice for the poor. i think they are afraid of votes cause this issue will be the biggest mistake they ever taken. South African people are hungry, instead they are feeding the already fed cats with money from the poor. I doubt why i supported the party who dont care about the poor. Petrol, transport and food are up now stupid e-tolls.

      dave.prinsloo - 2012-04-27 03:06

      yes, I would also like to thank the ANC, FOR FARK ALL!!! Thanks for nothing!!!! Get the money from kulubuse, mandelas and guptas. Enough is enough. Piss off

      Keith - 2012-04-27 06:36

      Dave, that's rude.

      dave.prinsloo - 2012-04-27 08:18

      thanks Keith, I was going for \rude\. Just writing in the spirit of e-tolling, which is, well actually more than rude. It's more like being gang raped, isn't it

  • Jacques - 2012-04-26 23:34

    Good to know that our democracy can at least influence the system for up to a month. Considering what we could fo in a couple a hours, a month I'd enoug to battle on. Come one people! Victory will be ours!

  • A.Jibhai - 2012-04-26 23:35

    the ANC is the government so i fail to understand how the "ANC and COSATU have asked the government to postpone the tolls" THEY ALL SLEEPING IN THE SAME BED!!!!!!!!

      valcooperRSA - 2012-04-27 00:03

      thank you.....I thought I got lost in my own brain....postponement= to see who the highest bidder will be to accept the backhander

      Muisie - 2012-04-27 09:11

      They just need time to re-orginize the bribes...

  • ThaboShakuNews24 - 2012-04-27 00:01

    Tolls on hold forever....Viva Vavi Viva!!

  • Roland - 2012-04-27 00:21

    Is this the first time ever, in SA-history, that COSATU has stood up for the middle class (motor vehicle drivers)...if so perhaps we're on our way to a balanced democracy????

      Keith - 2012-04-27 06:41

      No, Bonzi, Vavi is looking for votes for when he challenges Zuma for the presidency.

      Muisie - 2012-04-27 09:15

      No Bonzi,Cosatu is trying to protect their investment without coming into the open about it...but it will come out

  • Dominic - 2012-04-27 00:58

    Firstly, I'm confused. The AnC is the Govt. \r\nSecondly, cosatu is also Govt, since they are part of the tri-partite.....\r\nThirdly, nobody has clarified whether this is a govt cover up for pension mis-administration, or whether the NZ govt needs to be paid back. One would assume this would be clarified in the next 30days?

      Gladstone - 2012-04-27 01:22

      @Dominic you really are confused. Now do everybody a favour, this is writen in black

      Gladstone - 2012-04-27 01:22

      @Dominic you really are confused. Now do everybody a favour, this is writen in black

      Gladstone - 2012-04-27 01:22

      @Dominic you really are confused. Now do everybody a favour, this is writen in black

      Andile - 2012-04-27 06:29

      Dominic!!! Please take the 1st 3 letters of your name and write them in capital letters, you will have something like this: DOM!! And that's what you are

      Andile - 2012-04-27 06:30

      Dominic!!! Please take the 1st 3 letters of your name and write them in capital letters, you will have something like this: DOM!! And that's what you are

      Keith - 2012-04-27 06:43

      People, Dominic is not the only one who is confused, read some of the previous comments.

  • Dennis - 2012-04-27 05:23

    "Welcoming the decision, the ANC said it showed leadership and responsiveness by the government" Now there is the understatement of the past 18 years !!!

      adam - 2012-04-27 08:01

      Deeteem , you are right, the anc dont give a damn about any of us, nor the voters that support them. The youth of this country dont stand a chance under anc dictatorship, and we will all end up as refugees in the WC. Cosatu acted to help their anc buddies with a months delay, you will see justice when the court gives us an indeffinate delay. NO ETAG = NO ANC, vote the rubbish out.

      Muisie - 2012-04-27 09:22

      ...and the masses will believe the lies..

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  • David - 2012-04-27 06:33

    This it wil couse a lot prblms in gauteng.What wil hapen if people don`t pay their e-toll Ƨharges.They wil arest them or suspend thier car from Road,,,,,,,oh,,.jst thnk n pictr it,it is a mes!!!!!!!!!!!!,

  • Rhyno - 2012-04-27 07:22

    "...showed leadership and responsiveness by the government..." Now which three words don't belong in that sentence...? I wonder.

  • Tumelo - 2012-04-27 07:23

    the implementation was postponed until end of may. Dont be too excited, we still have to pay from 30 may. They are fooling us these. fat cats

  • thapsta - 2012-04-27 07:31

    we dont even pay our traffic fines cos we cant afford to now how do these idiots expect us to pay e-toll. i hope their prison cells are big enough.

  • Msika - 2012-04-27 07:46

    For a month? Not good enough, scrap the damn thing for good!! DO NOT BUY AN E-TAG!! Phansi nge SCAMRALLl phansi!

  • George - 2012-04-27 07:52


  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-27 08:02

    They've seen us. They've gathered some weapons. Let us make another plan...we must get the money...Pravin, you go down that gulley to that end and distract them, while Nazir and myself climb up to pelt them from above. If this doesn't work, I just hope Jeff arrives in time. We MUST get the money off these mothers. What do you say, Zwelenzima? Are you in or are you out?

  • Keratilwe - 2012-04-27 08:31

    Sanral you went ahead and implemented e-toll wothout public paticipation. Gud luck do not involve us in repayment arrangements. U take us for granted. Mzantsi should unite on this matter, this govt is milking us. Phantsi nge e-tolls

  • Elsabe - 2012-04-27 08:32

    Here is question what happens to the money the gov get from petrol to maintain the road. Do they perhaps steal it? Now they went and used the gov employees pension fund to do the upgrade on the roads. Bad choice gov. Stop stealing and you will have enough money to upgrade maintain the roads. Good luck explaining to your employees where their pension went because sure as hell we South Africans are gatvol sponsoring your coruption habits. Eat that!!!!!!!!!!!

  • damonsb - 2012-04-27 08:33

    Please, can someone explain why we need toll roads, when I was young ,tolls where necessary when my dad and I drove cross country at certain places ,why should it be 20 minutes from my home to work...I don`t see why I have to pay Licence every year for my car ,cover speed tickets and pay my taxes ,isn`t all them cash enough to cater for whatever needs there is. This is just to rip us off into getting no-where slower. Someone ,please ...Explain, and don`t tell me because the roads will be more easily to travel with less cars.

  • Keith - 2012-04-27 08:52

    Diabolically clever move. With one month delay, people's tempers will drop, opposition to the toll will dwindle since there is nothing to be opposed to, and meantime the ANC will scheme a way of forcing motorists to pay.

  • Tawizee - 2012-04-27 08:59

    Blah, blah, blah...I am not paying!

  • nomavo1 - 2012-04-27 09:05

    This is boring.

  • Christo - 2012-04-27 09:05

    What about a payment cap of between R35 - R50 per month and lets work around that. Ok this is being positive BUT what about increases to this payment after the first year, we might end up paying R2/KM in 5 years. For this reason THIS MUST NEVER START!!

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-27 09:25

      What about a cap on SANRAL's powers? SANRAL is undemocratic and not representative. Proportionately, there must be greater provincial and metro representation in the planning, building and operation of toll-roads to prevent fiascos like this from arising in the 1st place.

      Muisie - 2012-04-27 09:33

      Sanral will give us 40 days notification before they increase the tolls..

  • noah.mamba - 2012-04-27 09:07

    You take my money and u spend it and u want me to repay it. How sick r these ppl...

  • Rob - 2012-04-27 09:22

    I suspect that from very early on the government were worried that the yoll systme was going to be seriously resisted and so set up COSATU as a strategic get out. It will be interesting to see how the rewards roll out.

      LynneOeschger - 2012-04-27 09:41

      I seriously doubt this govt has the foresight and nous to pull that off.

  • Stefan - 2012-04-27 09:39

    In the end the roads the costs to upgrade the roads have been incurred and someone is going to have to pay. If the road users don't pay, then the burden will fall on the tax payers. I'm already paying some of the highest tax rates in the world and don't even use the jhb roads as I live more than 1000 km away. Why must I pay more tax if I don't even use the road? Make no sense to me. Also why all this admin cost to collect the tolls? Why not just add a few cents onto the jhb petrol price instead of trying to administer millions of transactions everyday? Don't understand the fuss?

  • leigh.ridgway - 2012-04-27 09:39

    "It is encouraging to us that we live in a democracy where these issues can be thoroughly debated and discussed," added Cosatu spokesman Patrick Craven. - Really? Discussed with whom? Certainly not the masses who oppose this system or there wouldn't just be a delay, it would be scrapped permanently!!!

  • Paul - 2012-04-27 09:41

    Why is the ANC claiming a victory? The ANC has the majority in government. The ANC and their agent Sbu pushed for e-tolling to be implemented. Is this another cheap PR spin.

  • Saamprater - 2012-04-27 10:33

  • Saamprater - 2012-04-27 10:37

    The only reason gov stopped this is because when the court setsva president case against tolling, they cant implement this in every town at their whim. Too late i hope

  • Trixie - 2012-04-27 11:44

    they're employing thumbs down bots. revenge of the clones?

  • Trixie - 2012-04-27 12:23

    the gantries are great bird perches.

  • Trixie - 2012-04-27 12:29

    why no fuss about existing N1 tolls? road hasn't been upgraded, no public transport and we fork out roughly 1k per month. and sit in jams caused by the gates.

  • Andre - 2012-04-27 13:35

    To all of you E-Trolls who have registered for E-Tolling. I hope they start charging you from this month.

  • Zengfuey - 2012-04-27 14:12

    OK, I am a bit slow this morning. ANC and Cosatu managed to postpone the implentation of the etoll system until 30 May. The OUTA interdict seeks to stop the implementation of the etoll system...Does this mean as in STOP FOREVER AND DEFINITELY???

  • leonard.nel - 2012-04-27 15:36

    If E-tolling goes ahead this is what will happen; people using these highways (they can't be called freeways) will have to pay according to the distances they travelled between the gantries. The R21 also have these gantries, so guess what... Imported goods will travel through them. Companies have roughly 3 options to counter the cost of getting their goods to shops and the supplies to their factories: 1. They can get rid of some of their workforce, 2. They can increase their prices, 3. A combination of both 1 and 2. Of course this will end up hurting the whole of South Africa as the prices of goods rising will influence the whole country. The petrol price is going up again next week while crude oil's price have gradually gone down to below R120. Unfortunately most people will side with ANC and COSATU now that "they" have "saved" us from being e-tolled for a month. People will still vote ANC and this crap will still go on. What has our government done for us since 18 years ago (not for themselves, but for us)? Maybe a miracle will happen and peoples' eyes will be opened and logic will prevail and the ANC will not win the election in 2014. OUTA must get the credit they deserve, not ANC and COSATU who did nothing legally to try and stop this.

  • Sikheto - 2012-04-28 01:21

    I did not even bother buying an etag, and will buy it once a gun is put on my head.

  • flysouth - 2012-04-28 07:59

    This is merely a last-ditch move by govt. to give it time to rethink methods of collection. It is NOT good news at all, for it simply means that the ANC will now come up with another plan to get the same cash from us by other devious eans, and by putting in place laws which force compliance even more powerfully. We need to prepare for an even bigger fight against a very devious enemy! Meanwhile true good news would be a favourable verdict from Judge Bill Prinsloo in the OUTA case - due today, Saturday, I understand. This fiasco is so similar to the Firearms Act law cases, where eventually a judge overturned the entire thing about 18 months ago on the grounds that the regulations were unworkable and possibly unconstitutional. Judge Traverso also very wisely ordered that the case must be referred to the CC and that in the interim and until a decision of the CC was secured, the existing licences of gun-owners remained valid indefinitely. Her decision ended years of tyrannical intimidation and coercion by the ANC's private militia the SAPS, against law-abiding gun-owning citizens. Up till today the case has not reached the Constitutional Court. It has become abundantly clear to me that the ANC is entirely unfit to be making law and regulations in SA. If this were not so, then we would not have to fight everything they attempt. As for COSATU postponing the protest action, I am disgusted. As usual they are not to be trusted and in fact should go ahead!

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-28 11:17

      A good summary, flysouth. We still await the ANC masterpiece: the Secrecy Act.

  • avril.moore - 2012-04-28 12:53

    Be aware that: by calculating the time between toll barriers, it will be easy for them to issue millions of speeding fines.