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DA: Toll contract must be cancelled

2012-06-05 16:14

Johannesburg - The DA called for the cancellation of the e-tolls project in the Gauteng provincial legislature on Tuesday.

"Although there will be some penalties for cancellation, (Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan) has already decreased the debt by R5.75bn, to R14.75bn," said Democratic Alliance MPL Neil Campbell during a debate on the department of roads and transport budget.

He said there are three simple steps to solve the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project funding problem.

"Firstly, the national fuel levy must be ringfenced, which will ensure that a true 'user pays' principle applies."

A safe and reliable alternative for public transport must also be provided. And the fuel levy would need to be increased by not more than 11 cents per litre.

"It can be collected by the five oil refiners, which will decrease the cost of collection from the estimated R13bn to almost zero."

This would fulfil the government's requirement of the "user pays" principle, and would save billions of rands on an extremely expensive toll collection system, Campbell said.

"The dogged determination of cabinet to stick to an overpriced, unaffordable and hugely unpopular toll collection system reeks of arrogance of the grandest order."

On April 28, the high court in Pretoria handed down an order preventing the South African National Roads Agency Limited from levying or collecting e-tolls pending the outcome of a judicial review.

Gordhan then approached the Constitutional Court in a bid to set aside the court order halting e-tolling.

 

Comments
  • Loo - 2012-06-05 16:31

    Of course the ring fenced levy principle will be perfect and sort it all out at almost No additional cost. BUT remember that means that the corrupt officials would not GET their bribe and share money from the contractors !!!

      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-05 16:43

      Isn't it time that stopped too? We all know life is hard but why must we support a greedy government that cannot function without bribery and corruption? They steal and on top of that deliver very poor services - that us giving the youth - our future leaders a very poor example of how they should behave.

      Alan - 2012-06-05 16:55

      Totally correct, Loo. Doing it the absolutely sensible way the DA suggests makes it FAR too hard for the ANC to get away with bribery.

      desmond.maefa - 2012-06-05 18:13

      So let them have their share. I cannot pay for Gauteng Roads, Gauteng residents have to pay for them

      desmond.maefa - 2012-06-05 18:14

      So let them have their share. I cannot pay for Gauteng Roads, Gauteng residents have to pay for them

      Freddie - 2012-06-05 22:02

      I would love to be privy to the conversations between the contractors and the gov connections. They must be shi#$ing in their pants. Imagine what schemes they are coming-up with to try and salvage this corrupt arms deal type project.

      Freddie - 2012-06-05 22:03

      I would love to be privy to the conversations between the contractors and the gov connections. They must be shi#$ing in their pants. Imagine what schemes they are coming-up with to try and salvage this corrupt arms deal type project.

      denise.herbst.5 - 2012-06-06 07:48

      @Desmond - Just think about this. If they can get away with this in one province all of the others will follow. This is potentially a HUGE cash cow for government - it wont stop with Gauteng if we dont stop them now!

  • alu.ntsandeni - 2012-06-05 16:39

    Vote DA

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-06-05 17:20

      Why does this hard ANC regime punish our people like this? Only the ANC elite are making money, the masses suffer. Next time we vote DA !!!

      Blixum - 2012-06-06 07:40

      @Dumwit: Hahahaha You should have voted DA in the previous millenium. You are 18 years behind the times. This was all predictable....

      Blixum - 2012-06-06 07:44

      @Dumwit: Hahahaha You should have voted DA in the previous millenium. You are 18 years behind the times. This was all predictable....

  • alu.ntsandeni - 2012-06-05 16:41

    Vote DA

      Gerhard - 2012-06-05 21:24

      Or at least any party besides the ANC.

      Gerhard - 2012-06-05 21:24

      Or at least any party besides the ANC.

  • grove.smith.90 - 2012-06-05 16:43

    Hypocrits! You call for the cancellation of the toll roads in Gauteng yet you're prepared to go to the highest court in Cape Town to force your plans through for a toll road on Chappies.

      Loo - 2012-06-05 16:47

      You need to understand that they are not opposing to consumers paying. ITS ALL ABOUT HOW !!! Rethink your comment I reckon

      dane.jenkinson - 2012-06-05 22:15

      @grove.smith I actually heard the DA's explanation for the Chappies toll road. It cost them around 8 Million month to maintain, which is about 40% of there budget already(Cant remember the exact amounts Zille mentioned). Mostly tourist etc etc use the road. It is a "Nice to have", but costs way to much to maintain. The 8 Mill they wasting on that could be better used else where. Chappies needs to fund itself, its wasting tax payer money.

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-06-05 16:46

    DA. What about the tolling system that you wanted to implement the Western Cape? Calling for something that you want to do yourselves and using eg falling rocks as an excuse to maintain a road which could have been fixed years ago, does not really cut it for me.

      Henk - 2012-06-05 17:02

      That was a ANC idea originally!!!

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-06-05 16:53

    DA. What about the tolling system that you wanted to implement the Western Cape? Calling for something that you want to do yourselves and using eg falling rocks as an excuse to maintain a road which could have been fixed years ago, does not really cut it for me.

  • Alan - 2012-06-05 16:56

    Totally correct, Loo. Doing it the absolutely sensible way the DA suggests makes it FAR too hard for the ANC to get away with bribery.

  • George - 2012-06-05 16:58

    Of course the DA are right. When something is so patently unaffordable both in the short and long term the interest of the country's economy must be protected. Their plan is very sound and sensible. May they form the next government!

  • George - 2012-06-05 16:58

    Of course the DA are right. When something is so patently unaffordable both in the short and long term the interest of the country's economy must be protected. Their plan is very sound and sensible. May they form the next government!

  • George - 2012-06-05 16:58

    Of course the DA are right. When something is so patently unaffordable both in the short and long term the interest of the country's economy must be protected. Their plan is very sound and sensible. May they form the next government!

  • George - 2012-06-05 16:59

    Of course the DA are right. When something is so patently unaffordable both in the short and long term the interest of the country's economy must be protected. Their plan is very sound and sensible. May they form the next government!

  • nyikamn - 2012-06-05 17:06

    is this not the same d.a that is having a toll gate under constuction somewhere in cape town for 54 million. so they are saying its good to increase revenue for western cape D.A run province and bad for ANC run gauteng province. i am so againist the e-tolling but i think the d.a is just but taking us for a ride.

      Clive - 2012-06-05 17:33

      ANC dreamt up Idea to toll chappies...Now the DA is stuck with those contracts

      nyikamn - 2012-06-06 02:56

      Anc might have came with the chappies toll gate but the energy they are putting(D.A) in opposing the e-tolling in G.P could have been of better use to protest againist the toll gate being built in their own back yard. lets not just blame it all on the ANC

  • Mavhungu Vincent - 2012-06-05 17:33

    First cancel chapies toll gate. You think you are clever.

  • Lekgwakgwa Mohlatlole - 2013-02-26 08:25

    To stop e-toll to work in Gauteng is to vote ANC out in Gauteng pronince 2014

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