Makhura urged to call e-tolls referendum

Makhura urged to call e-tolls referendum

2015-03-04 12:05

Johannesburg - The DA was picketing in front of the Gauteng premier's office to urge him to call for a referendum on e-tolls, provincial leader John Moodey said on Wednesday.

"We're here as the voice of the people of Gauteng and to raise awareness that we're taking their fight forward," he told Sapa at the picket, in central Johannesburg.

Over 100 people wearing Democratic Alliance T-shirts danced and sang in Simmonds Street, where Moodey was expected to address them later.

"We will continue to raise the issue of the total scrapping of e-tolls," he said.

"We're making a plea to the premier for a referendum on the matter so that the people's voices can be heard once and for all."

He said they would not hand over a memorandum as thousands of people had already e-mailed the premier expressing opposition to the system.

Peter Polan, from Eldorado Park, said it was difficult for him to pay e-tolls on top of other expenses.

"The petrol price, food price and electricity is going up and I must still pay e-tolls," he said.

"Everything increases because of the e-tolls. It's counterproductive."

Letticia Spani said it had become expensive to travel by taxi into Johannesburg each day from her home in Grasmere.

"We are using a taxi. It's too expensive," she said.

Peter Stewart said e-tolls ate into the little bit of money he had left at the end of each month.

"It takes that bottom bit of money that you've got left, that's gone," he said.

"Everything goes up, rates, taxes, petrol. Then you've still got to cope with e-tolls."

Stewart said the tolls affected everyone and that there was no alternative.

"There's no public transport, Rea Vaya is on strike, the Gautrain doesn't run everywhere."

During the picket, police blocked the entrance of the premier's office.

  • Howard Green - 2015-03-04 12:17

    What a stupid idea. Obviously everyone will vote against the E Tolls. There is a small matter of a debt to be repaid.

      Ben Rossouw - 2015-03-04 12:30

      ERM...debt made by who? On whose authority? With whose money? "Stupid idea" indeed Howard.

      Timber Gate - 2015-03-04 12:38

      I agree Howard, and the best things is, there is a solutions whereby everybody can benefit. Google "Timber Gate The case for e-tolls".

      Hennie Vermeulen - 2015-03-04 12:39

      Interesting to me is. That they had no problems pushing up the fuel levies by what 80c. To get in more money. Yet they had a huge problem adding 2-3c to the fuel to pay for this road. That would have then already been paid. Also our vehicle registration money every year. Is for payment for the roads. They have even added a R30-40 admin fee above it. Where does this money go. because that should have paid for the road.

      Dewald P Montgomery - 2015-03-04 12:57

      While the debt you refer to is real, it was not made on behalf of the people of Gauteng. The decisions were taken unconstitutionally in the first place. Plus, there's the issue of collusion in the construction / tenders too. Therefore, those who TOOK the decision should theoretically be held liable. Nevertheless, there's an EASY solution which the ANC refuses to look into: It's easy. Convert the gantries into speed prosecution devices. Fine drivers R2 or R2.50 or R5 PER KM/H in excess MULTIPLIED BY DISTANCE between the two gantries. That's a fine well exceeding their e-toll income from just one driver, between just two gantries. It's not as if half Gauteng will stop speeding. They simply won't.

      Made Inthe-South - 2015-03-04 13:12

      Before Nene's raise in the fuel levy,there was already a R2,25 FUEL LEVY specifically allocated for Scamrail for road maintenance.Not ring fenced,which means it can be used for other purposes like grants

      Sean Murphy - 2015-03-04 13:50

      The Fuel Levy generates R40B annually. Only R10B gets spent on roads. Please explain why the road users, who are already paying too much, must spend even more.

      Andre Maritz - 2015-03-04 13:56

      Have to agree Howard. If we called referendums for government decisions and that becomes the norm, it will just be a matter of time before there is a referendum to decide land ownership, etc. Careful what you wish for.

      Paul Halley - 2015-03-04 14:05

      that's the point - people get to vote? Isn't it? Maybe you work for Sanral but if you don't yet maybe you should apply foe their chief idiot officer position.

      NickvanGraan - 2015-03-04 14:42

      We don't need a referendum, the people have already spoken, they are not paying.

      Clinton Palmer - 2015-03-04 15:08

      @Timber Gate - I wonder how many of the thumb downers actually read the piece you asked them to. The solutions presented make a lot of sense, and I think would be much more acceptable to the general public. The only problem I see is that the amount of revenue generated during peak hours would not be sufficient to cover the costs, and if the peak tariff was raised to counter this, then we are back to square 1.

  • Proud Whiteskin - 2015-03-04 12:23

    Careful people. You might find that the uneducated masses who don't even have cars or licenses vote YES just because they have voting rights and then there is no turning back. No election in this country is honest and trustworthy nor do the outcome ever make sense

      Korrupt Anc - 2015-03-04 12:36

      too true.

      Pieter Du Toit - 2015-03-04 12:57

      Exactly what i was thinking. It will be a good idea if everyone that votes produces a drivers license, else they cannot vote.

  • Michael Southfrica - 2015-03-04 12:39

    So much money spent on E-Tolls. Such a waste and now residents are paying for it.

      Korrupt Anc - 2015-03-04 12:40

      not me.

      Made Inthe-South - 2015-03-04 13:14

      Never,ever register.Once they have your details,they can just deduct.Even if they bring prices down a bit,they can just push it back up in future

  • John Stoltz - 2015-03-04 13:26

    The ANC will not hold a referendum on e-tolls as there are too many connected cadres who must benefit from this scam!! Certainly the Gov can use some of the 90 cents per litre fuel levy to fund the roads, which have already been paid 10 times over!! But then, what about the monies promised to some cronies???

  • Sandra Brown - 2015-03-04 13:30


  • Richardson Mzaidume - 2015-03-04 13:36

    I doubt if he has powers to do that unless he wants to be recalled by Luthuli House. Both Zuma and Mantashe has proved to be unsympathetic to Gauteng residents if their utterances are anything to go by. The only thing Makhura can do is to lessen the impact of e-tolls but he can't do away with them. He has said so himself. If ANC listened to people, we wouldn't have service delivery protests.

      Korrupt Anc - 2015-03-04 13:42

      I would love to know how many card carrying members of zanc, pay etax for their private/ personally owned cars.

  • Xhanti Vanqa - 2015-03-04 14:32

    Hahaha forget it DA, that will never happen. But maybe,just maybe you say people must show up at their nearest guntrees or whatever they are called, show up with knop kirries and hammers, then you may succeed. Just thinking, I could be wrong......

  • Stalin Rudolf - 2015-03-04 14:37

    Am not paying no cent of mine to these thieves.

  • Puckson Sibusiso Gumede - 2015-03-04 15:03

    The filthy rich are always the ones that complain the loudest and yet they are the ones that use the roads more than anyone else! Maybe for the e tolls to be acceptable there must be a name change as I find no logic in this resistance to paying tolls, it's a user pay principle system used the World over and I wonder what all this hullabaloo is all about!

      WollieVerstege - 2015-03-04 16:01

      Wondering why the price of bread has increased in Gauteng yet?

      Dewald P Montgomery - 2015-03-04 16:39

      Sorry. I beg to differ. Between the Shoprite trucks carrying Iwisa to Seshego, mining trucks which jointly belong to the capitalists and the communist-capitalists-in-disguise (like Zuma's nephew) and Putco buses and minibus taxis, MORE damage is brought about the roads. Plus, the average motorist doesn't really throw junk out the window that needs to be picked up by someone (who needs to be paid a salary, that conforms the his or her union's unreasonble pay demands for unskilled workers), and simply HAS to maintain his or her vehicle to prevent being pulled over by ANC cronies disguised as traffic cops.

      Koos van der Vyver - 2015-03-04 16:48

      The problem, my uneducated friend, is that the money collected goes to your pregnant daughter's grant and towards zuma's harem, not the roads.

  • Kgapa Mabusela - 2015-03-04 15:09

    this gimmick by the DA is not worthy of our attention,political posturing by a motley crew rejected by the electorate

      Gadel Mutari - 2015-03-04 15:42

      they have not been rejected by the electorate.., they are the only party gathering more and more votes every election. The further we get away from 1994, the more people will vote with their minds and not hearts. The ANC as a struggle organisation is slowly loosing relevancy (and voters), Watch next year elections how the DA climbs towards 30%, EFF towards 12% and ANC heading around 46%.

      Jan-Erik Swart - 2015-03-04 22:19

      Excuse me, Kgrapa, you are confused and your cANCer is in trouble...

  • Graham Grant Hayward - 2015-03-04 15:33

    They write out millions of rands worth of fines on a daily basis.What does this pay for.Vehicles,salaries and New cars pale in comparison.Where is all these millions going ? In whose pockets ?

  • Dave Rowe - 2015-03-04 15:38

    The principal of "if you use it pay for it" is a good one. Sure everyone wants something for nothing but life just does not work that way.This message from the DA will encourage more people to vote ANC, at least they believe in the "use it pay for it" principal.

      WollieVerstege - 2015-03-04 16:02

      I agree, I use the roads and therefore pay for it with THE FUEL LEVY included in every liter of fuel I buy.

      Koos van der Vyver - 2015-03-04 16:51

      Geez you are stupid. WHERE DOES OUR FUEL LEVIES GO? Moron...

      Muis van den Heever - 2015-03-04 18:40

      @dave you half wit do0$. If you drive via the M1 to New road. How much do you pay? It's about 16km of highway. Answer me that you knob

      Muis van den Heever - 2015-03-04 19:13

      You obviously don't know so let me tell you. 000000.00000000 but if you have to drive 1.9km on you pay and therefore I rest my case. The principal is flawed you tw@

  • James Herbst - 2015-03-04 15:47

    Whats e-toll?

  • arthur.salvado - 2015-03-04 17:06

    It no longer matters. The nation WILL NOT PAY e-Toll. Referendums , representations, threats........nothing will change the status quo. Who doesn't get it ??

  • Lee Pope - 2015-03-04 17:42

    E toll...d a bloody lie :)

  • David Groenewald - 2015-03-04 18:44

    What's this etoll thing about?

  • catcha.wakeup - 2015-03-04 22:24

    Jakob Nkandla said he did not ask for upgrades and is not paying. We learn from the elders. We never asked for upgrades or Etolls so we are also not paying.

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