Mbalula promises e-toll solution 'for sure' this time

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Introduced in 2013 in Gauteng, the e-toll system has so far failed as motorists refuse to pay up. Picture: Halden Krog / The Times / Gallo images
Introduced in 2013 in Gauteng, the e-toll system has so far failed as motorists refuse to pay up. Picture: Halden Krog / The Times / Gallo images

Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula says that a solution to e-tolls will be announced in October, this time "for sure". 

Mbalula has been promising an announcement on e-tolls since he took office in May 2019 with several deadlines come and gone. Speaking at a press briefing in Pretoria on Thursday, Mbalula said the decision would be made by the medium-term budget policy statement in October.

"Between myself and the minister of finance we have been directed by the President that this matter [should] come to Cabinet. It will feature as a matter resolved by Cabinet at the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement. This one is for sure, for certain," he said.

Mbalula said that a decision had been taken by Cabinet a while ago which would have impacted on the fuel levy. Among the suggestions tabled to pay for e-tolls in the past has been an increase to the fuel levy in Gauteng.

"But the fuel levy story has become very messy over time. It is no longer a direction we can use," he said.

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