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ANC: SA must keep roads spick-and-span

Sep 27 2013 22:42 Sapa
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A drive-slow protest in Gauteng. (Picture: AP)

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Pretoria - The ANC will not discuss e-tolling at its two-day national executive committee (NEC) meeting in Pretoria, spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said on Friday.

"The ANC does not micro-manage government. There are no government issues on the table," he told reporters.

He said the ANC did agree that all South Africans needed to contribute to the maintenance of the roads.

"We have long agreed as ANC that there is a need that all of us keep our roads spick-and-span. For us to do so, we need whatever contributions we can get from all South Africans."

The meeting would culminate in a door-to-door campaign in Ekurhuleni, where all members of the NEC would be present.

"This is the first day... and Sunday the entire NEC will do door-to-door elections work in the Ekurhuleni area of Gauteng," he said.

President Jacob Zuma signed the transport laws and related matters amendment bill into law, the presidency said in a statement on Wednesday. It now sets the wheels in motion for the electronic and cross-border collection of toll fees.

It has sparked a public outcry, with some gearing up to strike, while others say it is simply about elections.

The controversial electronic tolling system of highways in Gauteng has been met with tough resistance, including from ANC alliance partner Cosatu and religious organisations.

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