ETC agreement needs to be cancelled

2012-04-27 10:50

Johannesburg - Government needs to cancel the toll collection contract with the Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) Consortium, the Democratic Alliance said on Friday.

"This is the only way to escape the exorbitant and unworkable e-toll system that has caused so much protest in Gauteng," said DA spokesman Jack Bloom.

He estimated that R11 billion would be spent on the contract over eight years and R6.6 billion would be saved if it was cancelled.

"Damages would have to be paid for capital already spent and for lost profits, but cancelling is still cheaper than continuing with this contract," he said.

The implementation of the e-tolling system on Gauteng's highways was postponed for a month by the transport department and SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on Thursday.

The announcement was made by transport director general George Mahlalela, just hours after the African National Congress and the Congress of SA Trade Unions said they would ask the government for a month-long delay.

E-tolling was to have been implemented on 185 kilometres of highway in Johannesburg and Tshwane on Monday.

  • Darryl.Richter - 2012-04-29 10:40

    If a responsible official that was involved in the contractual agreement between SANRAL and the Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) Consortium, comes forward and shows proof there was corruption in the contract, then the contract can be canceled without any penalties being incurred. In addition, funds already paid over can be recovered. Come forward honest SA citizen, you will be voted for as president!!!

  • lisa.evansdominick - 2012-04-30 09:57

    who is this ETC? try looking on the internet, they do not even have a webpage... There is no company profile. some bunch of cronies who were awarded the contract, no track record that they are able to do the collections. how van they justify R11billion to do the collections. Smells very fishy to me. only info I could find is an office registered in a small office block in Ferndale, does not sound like an R11 billion operation to me...

  • Gerrit - 2012-04-30 10:03

    The first question to be asked should be why this was once more awarded to an offshore company.

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