E-tolls decision due on Friday

2012-10-03 14:13

Johannesburg - Gauteng motorists will know on Friday how e-tolling will be implemented, the inter-ministerial committee on the Gauteng freeway improvement project (GFIP) said.

"The committee will be making an announcement on Friday, on how the e-tolls will be implemented," spokesperson Thabo Masebe said on Wednesday.

"The committee has been meeting with various stakeholders since last week and we are concluding discussions this week."

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe chairs the IMC.

Masebe added it was possible to have a solution that satisfied everyone as the government and relevant parties were much closer after the consultations than they were earlier this year. There was general agreement on the "users-pay" principle, Masebe said.

"It was agreed that the e-toll system could be used to solve problems of congestion on the highways and to raise funds for improvement."

Religious leaders from the SA Council of Churches, the National Interfaith Council of SA and the National Religious Association for Social Development met the IMC on Tuesday.

The religious leaders said they were satisfied that the committee had taken their concerns into consideration.

Two weeks ago, the Constitutional Court ruled that an interim order granted by the High Court in Pretoria in April, which put the GFIP on hold, be set aside. It concluded that the high court had not considered the separation of powers between it and the executive.

Other parties had expressed their opposition to the e-tolling system. In response to the Constitutional Court ruling, Congress of SA Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said: "We are going to resist it with every power we have."

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  • Alan - 2012-10-03 14:25

    I have already decided!

      mike.v.niekerk - 2012-10-03 14:26

      Panzi ANC, panzi!

      francie.potgieter - 2012-10-03 15:52

      I have also already decided not to pay.

  • john.dough.5836711 - 2012-10-03 14:26

    Decide all you want morons. I, for one refuse. See you in court in 2039.

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-10-03 14:28

    whatever, I'm not going to buy e-tag!!!!!!!!

  • Willie - 2012-10-03 14:29

    Get it in your heads now: WE NOT GOING TO PAY

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-03 14:30

    That's nice, but we already made the decision - we're not paying

  • warwick.railton.7 - 2012-10-03 15:26

    Up yer bum sanral & anc clowns...............not gonna happen, not getting tagged you parasites.

  • tracy.emslie.96 - 2012-10-03 15:40

    This smacks of socialism/communism rather than democracy! The people of the country said NO! And yet the government still proceeds with instituting e-tolling. So where is the "government FOR THE PEOPLE!"

  • Daniel Mah - 2012-10-03 15:49

    all the best - I for one I'm not giving my dime to this scumbags

  • Clive.D.Buckley - 2012-10-03 16:03

    "It was agreed that the e-toll system could be used to solve problems of congestion on the highways and to raise funds for improvement." Yes... because no-one will use the motorways and all the already pot-holed back roads will be used instead, creating massive congestion around Johannesburg... people will then be hours late for work everyday, causing the private sector millions (if not billions) of Rands in lost revenue... It already takes me nearly an hour to drive +-20km's to the Gautrain station on back roads every morning.. I dread to think how long it is going to take me once the tolling is implemented... I think I may just have to resign from my job, sell up and f*&k off back to the UK with my much needed skills... not gonna sit in traffic for 2-3 hours everyday just to get to work.... and I WILL NEVER pay a toll fee...

  • jkilian3 - 2012-10-03 16:31

    Do not get e toll Do not pay e toll Why we pay tax ? And for what tax? Do not vote ANC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • pieriewaaier.zooms - 2012-10-03 18:15

    If the 'user pays' principle is now to become3 official government policy then THE SAME SHOULD PPLY TO THE SABC-TV LICENCE. I never but NEVER watch SATV and you know what? I do not miss it at all and haven't for many years. So, the government must be consistent in their policy decisions and if not, there's inmy opinion another fight looming. And, oh yes! I will not buy an e-tag and they will not be able to trace me except at great cost. So, f@ck you too!

  • stuart.bigmore - 2012-10-04 12:59

    mr Zuma can take the r200m for his personal renovations of his private home and pay for the b...dy system out of that,why should we pay for a r200m home when in six months time we will have another president.Corruption corruption and more corruption.

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