DA supports ANCYL on tolls

2011-04-07 13:07

Johannesburg - The DA on Thursday supported the ANC Youth League in its criticism of proposed toll fees for Gauteng roads.

"We agree with the ANCYL’s Gauteng secretary Ayanda Kasa-Ntsobi that the tariffs are 'unjustifiably expensive' and that 'there is nothing fair or equitable about the proposed tolling system'," Democratic Alliance spokesperson Jack Bloom said.

"We also agree that it will adversely affect economic growth and hit the poor the hardest."

Kasa-Ntsobi said in a statement on Wednesday the ANC Youth League in Gauteng was "vehemently opposed" to the tariffs and demanded that its implementation "not just be postponed, but that it is shelved immediately".

Bloom said he was interested to know if the ANCYL's leader in Gauteng Lebogang Maile, who is also the MEC for sport, arts, culture and recreation, agreed with Kasa-Ntsobi's statement.

"This is what leadership is all about," said Bloom. "You can’t have it both ways. If you support the scrapping of tolls then you must resign from the provincial Cabinet as Premier Nomvula Mokonyane has rejected this."

Mokonyane has said she is not opposed to the idea of a tolling system but did express concern about the high prices announced by the SA National Roads Agency in February.

Motorists were going to pay up to 66 cents a kilometre when travelling on the 185km-tolled highway network.

The Congress of SA Trade Unions threatened national strike action if the tariffs were implemented.

The transport department has since then agreed to hold more consultations about the matter.

Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele is expected to receive a report on this by the end of April.

  • paulf - 2011-04-07 13:11

    I fully agree with it as well. In actual fact we should not be paying any toll fees on any road. These fees are generated on the taxes we pay on fuel to maintain the roads. Do away with all tolls!!!!!

      daaivark - 2011-04-07 14:17

      Agreed. There are taxes on fuel that supposedly go to infrastructure. We are taxed heavily elsewhere to buy multi-million refurbishments to God knows how many palaces for our Mlungu's myriad wives and "fiance's". The privatisation of such a key motorway is tantamount to being criminal.

      denmarku - 2011-04-07 14:32

      @paulf - Agreed. It is for this very reason (above) that I will vote DA, and simply because the DA's focus is on solving the problems which stem from the incompetent ANC government. I must admit that I am very surprised that the ANCYL also verbalised their stance against Sbu Ndebele's idiotic toll idea, and this just goes to show that there are a few (albeit, miniscule) good grapes on the rotten Malema wine farm. However, it must be strongly emphasised that Malema himself is more raison than grape – too much hatred spews from that fruit cake! Going forward, I believe that our collective efforts should be focused on protecting ALL South Africans (the poorer citizens, the pensioners, the children, etc) from the Sbu Ndebeles’ of our society – we all need to develop a system whereby our children, friends and neighbourhoods are safe, have food and shelter, as well as being racial tolerant towards each other. However, in order to achieve these good things in life, we will require professional and ethical leaders to deliver on their promises to us and our country, and that’s why I look forward to uttering the phrase: “Thank you President Zille, thank you so much for delivering what the ANC only could promise”!

      Bluemas - 2011-04-07 15:06

      @denmarku...who is president zille?

      denmarku - 2011-04-07 15:16

      @Bluemas - you will soon find out!

      G.du Plessis - 2011-04-07 15:26

      I think you mean President Lindiwe Mazibuko? She is much better at live speaking although Zille is quite an intellectual and is bright and a good leader. I have always supported the ANC but might change my vote this time as the main reason I voted ANC was that they tore down racial boundaries in the early 90s. Alas now they are obssessed with race...I wish the party of high moral fibre would return...

      Meanleader - 2011-04-07 16:04

      I cannot believe that the ANCYL has actually made an honourable stand against this type of ANC mindlessness . I am flaberghasted !!!! There must be a bloody inside agent within there midst , WHEREBY they have been infiltrated .

  • The Observer - 2011-04-07 13:22

    Well now the FF+ beat you all to the gun. They've been campaining on this for months now. But I guess if it is from a white person it is racist but otherway around it is a brilliant idea. I fully agree though, scrap it(bar for taxis, busses and trucks as they are the biggest culprits of damaging the roads due to overloading)

      The-man-who - 2011-04-07 13:26

      What is it that you are observing mchana, what's racista about the toll that nobody wants? Be it black, coloured, indian, white or chinese we all don't want the tolling system. How does this involve race anyway?

      daaivark - 2011-04-07 14:11

      Um. This latest is from the DA, roundly "accused" of being too white, so what exactly was your point again?

      Meanleader - 2011-04-07 16:12

      The man who ... no one said racist !!! read the coments .... FF+ has been campaigning for this ...... Oh never mind !!!!!

  • Kenneth - 2011-04-07 13:23

    They say that they will reduce the amount on the tolls, but then put the tax on fuel up with all the other increases, Road Accident Fund etc - who's fooling who... Please check out the following website - i accessed it from my Blackberry, so not to sure what link would be on PC: - it seems the consumer protection act is or might be a thorn in the side of SANRAL - i got this from @tweetmyattorney on twitter...

  • Henk van Tonder - 2011-04-07 13:25

    All existing toll roads in SA have been paid for over and over again over the decades since they came into existence. Monies are ending up in the coffers of local tenderpreneurs & overseas developers, sending our cash into their foreign bank accounts. The companies are: Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire, Concor Marib, Intertoll, Tolcon, N3 Toll Concessions, Trans African Concessions & Tuncor. Name and shame!

      Meanleader - 2011-04-07 16:15

      So right Henk . The ANC wants to put roads out to tender because they cannot do the job themselves . It is patently wrong to make the public pay for what is essentially ANC incompetance . Let the DA fix the roads ...... no toll road necessary !!! Are you listening ANCYL ????????

  • nix - 2011-04-07 13:32

    Luckily this is South Africa. This could even unite us and teach us none toy-toying South African's how to protest and break things!! He He

  • mhaga.sabe - 2011-04-07 13:38

    All the new tollgates in Gauteng must go! We want Foreign Direct Investments and not this syphonic of our taxes by foreing companies, which is what we will be paying for in these tollgates!All our our other costs (transport, food prices, etc) will just rise over and above the extremely high petrol costs! I strongly agree with the ANCYL and the DA, these tollgates must go!

      Deon - 2011-04-07 14:43

      Make your voice count then - against tollgates!

  • Zeus - 2011-04-07 13:41

    The gods are satisifed the DA encourages voting for ANC via support of ANCYL! Z

      nix - 2011-04-07 13:47

      This just shows you that the DA is bigger than politics and will stand by ANYONE (yes even the ANCYL) in support of the people of SA.

      THX1148 - 2011-04-07 13:48

      So you are suggesting that we vote for the party that put authorised the tolls in the first place? It's only because of the other political parties that the toll structure is being reviewed.

      willem.p.grobbelaar - 2011-04-07 13:50

      Are you restarted, slow or do you have an extra chromosome Zeus ? hhmmm...

      KomboKitten - 2011-04-07 13:54

      There is only one God. And he does not condone corruption and greed.

      KomboKitten - 2011-04-07 13:55

      the greedy and selfish will be punished heavily unless they realize their wrongs and repent

      Al - 2011-04-07 14:24

      Zeus, the DA has been getting petetions signed for months now while the ANC has done nothing. But noe election time is around the corner now they TRYING to get the votes back. Its the ANC who put the tolls in process in the 1st place and who has been pushing for the tolls. We pay so much tax in fuel, drivers licences, vehicle licences, etc. is that not what the money is for? Or is it to line someones pocket?????? SMELL THE CORRUPTION

      contact1980 - 2011-04-07 15:57

      @Zeus, it is exactly the idiotic (actually, non-existing) mentality of people like you who will keep the corrupt ANC in power. As nix said, the DA is actually supporting something that benefits the people of SA, regardless of who it comes from. You go ahead, vote for your ANC, I certainly will use my brain and common sense (something you clearly lack) and not follow your stupid example.

      Cynical Sci - 2011-04-07 15:57

      Did you even read the article? Or were there just too many long words...or just words?

      Cynical Sci - 2011-04-07 15:58

      Hey pro-eugenics guys, I found some fodder you missed!

      Meanleader - 2011-04-07 16:29

      Yes AL .... I can smell toasted Gravy !!

  • jeremy - 2011-04-07 13:50

    I'm sure the ANCYL will be delighted to have the DA's support in view of what Malema and Vavi have said recently about "president" Zille!!! I get a bit tired of the DA's persistent failure to get their message across in clear and concise terms. I spoke to the DA Gauteng transport spokesman a few weeks ago...he assured me that the DA would scrap toll fees if they cam to power. But why isn't the DA getting that message out rather more loudly?

      Ingie - 2011-04-07 14:09

      Because idiot the ANC is NOT Listening to them (DA). Remember it was the ANC's idea so why would they scrap this as this has already cost the tax payer you and me money by getting everything up and running. So they wont just stop the tolls as they are going to look like fools again

      Meanleader - 2011-04-07 16:35

      Jeremy .... The DA doesn't have public funds at their disposal to use in campaigning !! Neither does the DA have the SABC in their pockets to get the extra airtime . Be part of the solution , and give us a solution , instead of the criticism , and being part of the problem !

  • Monica - 2011-04-07 13:54

    For every agreeable comment the ANCYL utters, there are hundreds of idiotic things they have said. A ration of 100:1 does not make them credible

      Monica - 2011-04-07 14:09

      Blonde moment, ratio, not ration :P

      contact1980 - 2011-04-07 15:59

      Agreed Monica, however, that was the FIRST thing the ANCYL EVER said that I actually DO agree with...

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-04-07 13:54

    Ah, there is method in this madness when you read the the full story...nonetheless, What a scary headline !!!

  • Buster4x4 - 2011-04-07 14:04

    All the ANC goverment does is put up personal tax to compensate for lower toll fees.. so in the end you still pay, the only differance is the taxis that does not pay personal tax get to reep the benefits while the rest of us has to pay!! So keep the high prizes, let the person who wants to use it pay the amount!!

  • Marius - 2011-04-07 14:14

    I stopped reading after "DA support ANCYL" and only continued after regaining consciousness.

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-04-07 14:32

      ...I know the feeling..

      Zeus - 2011-04-07 14:44

      So now you know who to vote for.

      Dave - 2011-04-07 14:52

      Headline should have read..."Zille supports Malema"

      Deon - 2011-04-07 14:57

      I hope it is over at least one sensible thing coming out of the ANCYL

      keithy - 2011-04-07 16:42

      Don't worry the ANCYL will now retract their statement and agree with the toll for the sake of disagreeing with the DA.

      JMsays - 2011-08-11 20:58

      @Zeus, yes, I agree with you, we should all vote DA!

  • daaivark - 2011-04-07 14:15

    I think that this in theory is great, but I wait with chuckles at the ready to see what ANCYL response will be.

  • Juan - 2011-04-07 14:49

    The ANCYL has finaly taken a standpoint on something that actually makes sence!

  • keithy - 2011-04-07 16:39

    Well done ANCYL for at last showing that you are capable of uttering a bit of sense

  • keithy - 2011-04-07 16:43

    Just wait until Malema realises he is a director in the toll company......

  • The_Realist - 2011-04-07 18:37

    all the toll company has to do is give the select few in the ayencee yoof leeg their 'taste' of the toll money and all will be very kosher!

  • halo1472 - 2011-04-07 20:19

    i misread this headline and briefly thought it said DA supports ANCYL on toilets...

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