E-tolling bill withdrawn in Parliament

2012-11-22 16:48

Cape Town - The controversial transport laws and related matters amendment bill was withdrawn from the National Assembly order paper virtually at the last minute on Thursday.

Shortly after the Assembly convened on Thursday afternoon, the ANC asked that two resolutions paving the way for the bill to be debated later in the day be withdrawn.

No reasons were given and the request was agreed to by the House.

According to a memorandum attached to the bill, its provisions are essential to implement e-tolling and the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP), as well as other proposed road infrastructure projects in the country.

In a statement later, Democratic Alliance spokesperson Ian Ollis claimed "pressure from opposition parties has pressed the ANC to withdraw" the bill.


"After a call by DA Chief Whip Watty Watson which was supported by other parties, and a threat from the opposition to stage a walkout during the debate on the e-toll bill, the ANC withdrew the bill this afternoon.

"This means that the Gauteng e-toll will not be the anticipated lump of coal in Christmas stockings this year," he said.

The committee’s deliberations on the bill would now continue in the new year. It could only be considered when Parliament reconvened on 10 February, and would then be sent to the National Council of Provinces.

"This is indeed a victory for opposition parties and the South African public.

"We will be monitoring the situation closely to ensure that all proper processes are followed when this bill is considered by Parliament in 2013 and that adequate public participation has taken place through the NCOP," Ollis said.

  • leonard.w.gray - 2012-11-22 16:51

    awesome, truly awesome.

      Kawasaki1985 - 2012-11-22 16:59

      Well done to all opposition parties and OUTA !!!!!!!!! Now Foot Sack SANRAL - No X-Mas bonus !!

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-22 17:27

      Great, but I don't trust them for a second. They will come up with some other way to tax us...

      tw2066 - 2012-11-22 17:28

      If memory serves me, Scamral were gaaning on about the fact that if they didn't implement, they were going bankrupt, and the sky would fall in and so on. Remember Pravin Ghordin even did the court thing. Now, months later, they are still scamming and the sun still rises. Shows how much twak these fools talk.....

      guy.rice - 2012-11-22 17:38

      A victory for us all and it shows what can be done if we stick together! Our petition requesting SANRAL disclose the ETC contract and the tender documentation was handed in at the e-Toll public briefing. It had over 1,000 signatures - A HUGE thank you to all who signed. The OUTA court review is next week. Show your financial support by visiting Our petition continues: help us get to 2,000 signatures

      Benjamin - 2012-11-22 17:38

      Well done everyone....we, the people(colour does not matter), have the power. Get your friends to speak up for what's right and our country will be the best in the world.

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-11-22 17:48

      leonardb1, it is not an emergency. It is a arrogance overide of a lot of pocket liners. It can become a emergency when the keep on pushing it and it turn into Marikana2 for them. An emergency is a attack on the nation by another nation or a natural disaster. This is an attack of arrogance on the people of this country by its own government

      ina.cripps - 2012-11-22 18:02

      I'm afraid they will bring it into being again in the new year,it's just a strategic ploy with Mangaung in mind. Somebody there had a stroke of genius, and realised they would run into trouble in Bloem if they persisted with their determination to push it through now.

      debduplessis - 2012-11-22 19:15

      Bloody marvellous!!!!

      sheda.habib - 2012-11-22 20:16

      Oh Hell.....there goes my chance to protest, block the freeway and make a citizens statement against the government. I was quite looking forward to our own Tahrir Square

      Jack - 2012-11-22 21:03

      What is awesome is people like Wayne Duvenage, Ricey, etc. doing great things to defend good governance of public funds and democracy supported by increasing numbers of people. Let's hope we get a judge as good as Bill. e-toll is an insult to every decent South African making an honest living.

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-11-23 07:54

      I named my dog foot sack. Every time i call him for supper he runs away...Sanral must do the same.

  • tuco.angeleyes - 2012-11-22 16:53

    I had no intention of paying for this blatant fraud anyway.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-11-22 17:00

      I agree Tuco. But it is soooooo nice to see the anc back down on something.

      stevie0064 - 2012-11-23 08:47

      If SARS can help themselves to your bank account (as they did to a friend of mine's business), it wouldn't take much to let SANRAL do the same. They'll bring this nonsense back again next year once they've thought of new ways to force people to pay.

  • john.coetzee.58 - 2012-11-22 16:54

    The farce continues. A government that refuses to listen to its citizens is indeed on shaky ground. Well done DA, Cosatu!

  • samuel.herman.758 - 2012-11-22 16:54

    Bloody awesome!!!

      erich.goosen - 2012-11-22 18:12

      Parliament reminds me of the Boks/Proteas on tour. They perform normally well until the last game, then they lose concentration. Before you all rejoice, this is only temporary relief, next year the ANC will be back with a bang and re-introduce the legislation required to enforce the toll fees.

  • khumo.lebone - 2012-11-22 16:54

    This is only just until after Mangaung. In the New Year when everyone is broke and nicely depressed it will come up again and this time it will go for implementation.

      dave.elmore.5 - 2012-11-22 17:01

      Probably true, but the same wall of resistance will meet them, the more they have tried, the greater the resistance has become. What happens now with the court hearing on the 26th?

      danie.malan - 2012-11-22 17:02

      You can be sure of that!

      Osito - 2012-11-22 17:03

      Sadly I think you are right on this

  • narendra.gangaram - 2012-11-22 16:57


  • Kawasaki1985 - 2012-11-22 16:58

    Well done to all opposition parties and OUTA !!!!!!!!! Now Foot Sack SANRAL - No X-Mas bonus !!

  • David - 2012-11-22 16:58

    Right! Now vote the right way in future people!!!

  • gary.dasilva - 2012-11-22 17:00

    This has nothing to do with the cANCer doing the right thing - but has everything to do with Jacob the dictator KNOWING absolutely that his second term of office would be dead in the water if he railroaded this through. Mark my words Jan 1 this e tolling BS will be rammed down our throat if jacob the dictator gets his second term

  • danie.malan - 2012-11-22 17:01

    Only a cANCer trick before Mangaung....

      justsayingagain - 2012-11-22 17:18

      Must agree with you Danie

  • marcus.vermaak - 2012-11-22 17:02

    It will all come back next year after voting, they know e-toll will loose them votes. Cleaver little buggers! Does not matter, I will not pay now, I will not pay later! Vote DA.

      grant.montgomery.5074 - 2012-11-23 10:03

      I'd to do the same but can the chages be avoided?

  • wayne.faulds - 2012-11-22 17:03

    Yeeha! This is great news!

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-11-22 17:03

    We kno its only a temporal move, we still proceeding with the cosatu march on the 30th. We won't rest untit the damn thing is scrapt off.

      steve.gibson.146612 - 2012-11-23 10:31

      Why does Cosatu not invite non cosatu members to join their action as well??????

  • syphor.zit - 2012-11-22 17:08

    That means the freeway fraud has been put on hold :)

  • johan.maree.5036 - 2012-11-22 17:08

    I think they withdrew it for the same reason they only want to debate zoom zoom next year, you don't want to piss to many people off before they are suppose to vote for you in "mugwa"...

      Suzanne Viljoen - 2012-11-22 17:14

      Spot on Johan!

      joe.irwin.50 - 2012-11-22 17:42

      No doubt about it Johan.

  • bas.bas.522 - 2012-11-22 17:17

    Well not really the opposition - Cosatu threatened support at Manuang that caused it to be pulled - you think ANC cares about opposition !!

  • Africa21stcentury - 2012-11-22 17:21

    . The ANC has become a noisy circus !!!

  • justsayingagain - 2012-11-22 17:21

    And I for one fully believed that they would be dumb enough to attempt to bully this through before Mangaung. God knows, they done more stupid things of late!

  • KCorsar - 2012-11-22 17:23

    What just a ticket to a 2nd term, then where are we going?

  • jenny.nel.92 - 2012-11-22 17:25

    Great news. Thank you, DA, for staying on our side and making a difference. Let us hope that more people will start to ask questions and think for themselves every day.

  • JohnDough - 2012-11-22 17:49

    They were scared of losing another court case, just wait for the 30th then see what they lose. Scamral is in for the high jump.

  • mmoledis - 2012-11-22 18:00

    Thank you opposition in parliament, without you we the citizens of this country we were going to suffer under the ruling party with regard to some laws they make which are oppresive to us. Imagine petrol going up and also pay toll roads, what was a loaf of bread going to be? and how much was going to be a taxi fare from Pretoria to JHB? a lot so thanks all small parties in parliament.

  • syphor.zit - 2012-11-22 18:03

    Who is gonna pay the fee of the poor

      flysouth - 2012-11-22 18:33

      SANRAL said it loud and clear at a public meeting last week - "we want the poor people out of private transport into public transport". There you have it - a truly 'phukc you' moment!

  • metswamere - 2012-11-22 18:12


  • ncakeni - 2012-11-22 18:16

    Hooray! This is a victory and a master stroke by the Msholozi ensemble to gain favour with one and all prior to Mangaung. Whoever thought that Nxamalala is heartless must think again. Viva Zoomer viva!!!

  • dofeatsdog - 2012-11-22 18:18

    They put it off not to piss of COSATU ahead of Mangaung. It will be back after Mangaung though.

  • MAYEYEYE - 2012-11-22 18:21

    This whole thing is ANC's fault they want to keep there pockets fat and leave the people who voted for them broke, its also a plot Jacob Zuma to gain votes at the mangaung conference. It is daylight robbery. To Hell with the ANC and Sanral. Whether Sanral gets the go ahead or not I will not pay my right. It is my right to freely travel around my country so they will not take that away from me nor make me pay for it.

  • braamc - 2012-11-22 18:24

    Nail the cANCer thieves

  • flysouth - 2012-11-22 18:27

    The public meetings where the hostility was unbounded and VERY vociferously expressed, would certainly have finally impressed upon these derelicts at SANRAL that they are certainly in for a major fight against the populace of SA and COSATU, who stated again, at the meeting I attended, "We will close the roads". Along with various court actions and the OUTA campaign it is now - finally - clear to the stupidest apparatchik of the ANC, that this scheme will not work. But do not believe that they are going to slink away quietly and ditch the scheme - no way, they WILL be back just as soon as Mangaung is over - keep yer powder dry and fire when we next see the whites of their eyes!!

  • John - 2012-11-22 18:29

    SANRAL is privately owned CORPORATON that needs your signature on their one sided CONTRACT! Do NOT sign and never pay for anything that you do not ask for. MAKE them sue you for using your roads that the government is to administer on your behalf. SANRAL enforced CONTRACTING is UNLAWFUL and they bloody well know it! Do not fall for their LIES!

  • metswamere - 2012-11-22 18:31

    I thnk the e-tolling must be taken off completly, our people are pay tax in which some pay more than R500 every month, will they afford the e-tolling? No they wont. Thnx DA for this big step that you have taken.

  • ian.webmagic - 2012-11-22 18:31

    Is it just me or does that pic in the article remind anyone else of the old South African flag ?

  • madmcmax - 2012-11-22 18:37

    To quote someone else - "The People United Will Never be Defeated"........

  • sazi.khanyile - 2012-11-22 18:45

    For once,all the commentators abt this story are on the similar viewpoint!

  • mncedisipride.blakfesi - 2012-11-22 18:45

    Somebody is faking sanity here again.We-need-complete and unconditional display of total sanity on this issue.This must be sprapped off completely.Concentrate on job creation,skills development,education,crime elimination and more pressing issues than focussing on thuggery,mr politician!

  • malcolm.j.patterson.1 - 2012-11-22 19:10

    There is only one way to stop this nonsense which as the one person said will be implemented after the ANC conference. Once implemented I suggest the ALL those opposed to e-tolling, which is everybody, all vote for an opposition party, I don't care which one just so long as it's not ANC. Then you'll see how quickly they dismantle the gantries

  • Mazwi Biyase - 2012-11-22 19:13

    a good opposition party is what we need the most, so long have ANC been relaxed in their ways. I like it when DA is not fighting the president but rather coming up with ideas, thumps up on that move DA

  • debduplessis - 2012-11-22 19:14

    Well done Oppositions!!!! Another victory for the people of South Africa!!!!! Xxxx

  • musazwane - 2012-11-22 19:22

    VIVA e-toll VIVA!!!

  • desmonga.maile - 2012-11-22 19:28

    I am so so happy that the people of South Africa have been spared of a black Christmas, viva the opposition parties viva!!

  • MrDinwiddie - 2012-11-22 20:24

    Come February 2013, the E-toll will be implemented and prices will go up

  • hugh.robinson.56 - 2012-11-23 00:01

    Oh God, So few have real brains and the capacity for structured thought. This is not being introduced because it is a known cosatu contentious issue. The ANC leader needs the all the votes in Bloemfontein. If Vavi or another pulls support because e tolls are introduced then that would tip the scale for Zuma.

  • davesheer - 2012-11-23 00:41


  • lindela.e.mtshali - 2012-11-23 00:51

    All of you say it's until Mangaung, well there will be elections after that. You can say something then.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-11-23 05:43

    Its time of the opposition parties to unite, already they are finding common ground and its time to use that common ground to get the power away from the ANC so our future is bright, At the rate we're going we wont have a future because everyone will be to dumb to work! were the 4th dumbest nation on earth!!! because of the ANc

  • alan.ingram.355 - 2012-11-23 05:54

    Well done AfriForum u are the only party realy doing something. I am afraid the DA is lacking far behind. U get my vote !!!

      sibusiso.mkoko - 2012-11-23 08:53

      Is Afriforum a party? Psssshhh lol.

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-11-23 07:33

    The governments behavior is beyond comprehension. What a bunch of thieving uneducated fools.

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-23 08:32

    That is called PEOPLE POWER.

  • jackie.gray.5494 - 2012-11-23 09:03

    Just in time for Mangaung. How convenient...

  • phillys.winterbottom - 2012-11-23 09:29

    fark the anc and its retarded president, we will not pay for your corruption, not thru your expensive gantry's and not through tyre tax or any other "cleva" SCHEME you scum dream up whilst sipping JW blue. go screw yourselves.