Only solution to e-tolls: scrap it – DA

The DA believes the window to scrap e-tolls is closing and has described the finding of a solution to the system as a “matter of urgency”.

“If e-tolls are not scrapped before the year ends, then the collection contract with ETC, which is due to end on 2 December 2019, could be renewed,” said DA shadow transport MEC Fred Nel.

“Renewing the contract could cost Sanral over R600-million in the coming year.”

“This could have gone towards paying off Sanral’s e-toll debts.”

Nel said the country could not afford for this to happen.

Transport minister Fikile Mbalula last week again postponed the deadline for the final recommendation on the future of e-tolls to president Cyril Ramaphosa. but assured the public the matter was his top priority and was being attended to on an urgent basis.

“This is a complex and sensitive matter of national importance [and] it should not be subjected to mechanical procedures and timetables,” he said.

“All ideas and options must be thoroughly ventilated and carefully considered for the best possible solution to be found.”

Mbalula was leading a team instructed to make a final recommendation on the future of e-tolls to Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa had given the team the 31 August deadline, which was extended for the first time at the beginning of September.