Sanral: E-tags won't be compulsory

Sanral: E-tags won't be compulsory

2012-04-03 12:35

Johannesburg - Motorists are not obliged to buy an e-tag to travel on Gauteng's roads, the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) said on Tuesday.

"Sanral would like to clarify to road users that it is not compulsory for road users to buy an e-tag for Gauteng e-tolling. Registering with an e-tag is optional," it said in a statement.

It was reported earlier that Sanral was attempting to legally force motorists to buy an e-tag or have their driver's licences taken away.

"Road users are therefore not forced to buy an e-tag, but are encouraged to obtain one to enjoy the cost saving benefits available to e-tag users."

These benefits included a 48% e-tag discount and a frequent user discount.

It was reported that draft changes to the National Roads Act Regulations - pertaining to e-tolling - were submitted to a few parties late last week with a request that comment be received within 20 days of publication.

If instituted, it would give "peace officers" the power to stop cars and demand to see a driver's licence and to produce any other tag or document they were required to have.

The Democratic Alliance said the regulations sought to give Sanral CEO Nazir Alli the power to appoint his own police force to ensure toll compliance.

"The regulations allow the CEO to appoint peace officers who will have sweeping powers to stop, search and confiscate any document found in the vehicle, including drivers' licences, at their sole discretion," said DA transport spokesperson Neil Campbell.

"The legality of summarily confiscating a document, required by law to be in a driver's possession, must be tested," he said.

He said considering action had been taken against the tolls in court and with the National Consumer Commission, the legislation could be considered an act of desperation to intimidate motorists into accepting this unjust tax.

"At the very best the draft is an overreaction to the toll dilemma which Mr Alli and the minister have created for themselves. It's appalling to create a police force merely to enforce unjust taxes," said Campbell.


  • brett.macdonald1 - 2012-04-03 12:44

    Our investigative journalists need to investigate which politicians are benefitting through this in some way. This reeks of the same kind of agenda that was used to loot state coffers in the Arms Deal. We need to expose them!

      brett.macdonald1 - 2012-04-03 12:56

      The R 20 billion it cost to upgrade our highways (a nessesary project for any government) only constitutes 2% of our R 1 trillion budget. You honestly want to tell me that government couldn't afford to invest just 2% of our annual budget in this much-needed project? Quite clearly some politicians are set to benefit through this by milking our citizens for years to come… This needs serious investigation: Who has contracts with this Austrian company? Which politicians are members of companies that were 'consulting' with this Austrian company etc etc etc...

      Johann - 2012-04-03 12:59

      Brett, ever heard Malema's point of view on the E-tolling. If he is fighting FOR the people, why is he never commenting on this system. Just wondering how HE is benefitting from this.

      brett.macdonald1 - 2012-04-03 13:07

      Johann, the ANC-YL have been very quiet about this issue- which should be surprising since they've been campaigning for nationalisation of mines and expropriation without compensation. In other words, the ANC-YL want to see private assets nationalised… So why would they ignore what is currently a national asset (our roads) being privatised? It's not even being privatised by South African, but by foreigners nogal!!! Of all things, the ANC-YL should have been condeming the privatisation of our roads, but the only time we ever heard anything from them on this issue, was Malema attending the COSATU march one day- and I think that had more to do with the Labour Brokers issue than the privatisation and tolling of our roads… It will be interesting to see how many companies are somehow linked to this abroad- and which politicians make up the members of these companies… This is why we need investigative journalism!

      Peter - 2012-04-03 13:10

      Don't forget Cosatu already reap the befefit by owning a 2% share in the costruction company that is doing the R21

      Alan - 2012-04-03 13:15

      @Brett - Cosatu were embarrassed when the ANC allegedly pointed out to them that their Investment Wing stands to benefit from the Toll Roads. Suddenly Vavi has gone absolutely quiet on Toll roads, showing that he too may have been shooting his mouth off about tolling for dubious reasons. FAce it - politics in SA is at an all time low, and it stinks. Taxpayers have reached breaking point and are rebelling. The Govt. has failed to sort out inefficiency, service delivery and corruption, and they are flogging the Golden Goose to death in a last ditch attempt to keep their heads above water. Viva Banana Republic, Viva

      Johann - 2012-04-03 13:17

      @ Alicia. Al we need to do is to see which party is governing which province. We need the other parties to make the same noise they did for Cape Town here in Gauteng. If there is any DA official reading these post, he/she should inform us of how we can assist them in making that noise.

      brett.macdonald1 - 2012-04-03 13:33

      Can you imagine if this proposed Information Bill and Media Tribunal were to be passed before our journalists manage to gather evidence of corruption in this project and expose it… It would be deemed some kind of state secret and the people who're paying for it would never know. This is why our journalists need to act quickly on this one. This is also why we cannot afford to let this proposed Info Bill and Media Tribunal to go through...

      J-Man - 2012-04-03 13:33

      Yes! Phone Derek!!

      brett.macdonald1 - 2012-04-03 13:39

      I think this person who has just gone and 'disliked' our comments must be one of these politicians who's got one finger on the keyboard and another in the cookie jar! LOL

      Alan - 2012-04-03 13:43

      @Brett whaahaa .... and one finger up the snout...

      Luke300 - 2012-04-03 15:20

      Rumour has it there were some serious offshore bribes paid to have this tolling enforced and awarded. Some influential cadres are benefitting....

      Alan - 2012-04-03 16:05

      Let's try again - hopefully some people will read this before News24 deletes the Truth yet again. True story - last week my Mom was advised by the AA to not register for E-Toll or to buy a Tag until the court case against Sanral and others has been heard. It is apparently due to take place on 24th or 25th Apr.

      Gilbert - 2012-04-03 17:15

      We need Derek Whatts and Ruda Landman from the old Carteblanch series to look into this as they were always upfront and never held any punches no matter who you were AND THEY ALWAYS UNCOVERED THE TRUTH!!!

      StoneAgePeasant - 2012-04-04 08:24

      I thought that it was illegal to do a U-turn on the highways?? :))

      Zengfuey - 2012-04-05 08:07

      The Public just need to make sure that the amendment to the BBBEEE bill on fronting applies to this case, despite the Minister of Transport's telling all that SANRA's financing figures were above board.

  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-03 12:46

    The harsh ruling party regime are at it again. Keep oppressing the people. Eish, life is so hard under this regime !!!

      Johnathon - 2012-04-03 15:05

      Absolutely unbelievable. Morning papers absolutely full with how e-tags compulsory and drivers license removed by Hitler Brown Shirt "Peace Officers" 1938 all over again chaps. SANRAL realized probably from "Bloody Agents" reading News 24, that the country has united together like never before in its history. By this afternoon, SANRAL has changed its whole tune. It has new legislation presently under review, and within 20 days a decision could be made as to whether e-tags compulsory or not. NEVER EVER BUY - E TAGS - The System then has to fail miserably. Say you have R600 left after all debit orders and some expenses paid. Get R550 SANRAL Invoice. Not a difficult decision to make as to whether you are going to be absolutely flat broke for 31 days, or bin the abomination. If go for e-tag, money will come off no matter what. Won't even have pennies for packet of smokes or a relaxing beer. No E-TAGS, force Government to use 67 billion fuel levies for what they were always intended for. NO E-TAG EVER.

  • Jared - 2012-04-03 12:47

    The ANC and Sanral are terrified by the looming taxpayers' revolt, and so they should be. The ANC now realizes it has gone too far - you cannot squeeze blood from a stone and the consumers are stretched to the limit. The consumers are thoroughly gatvol of being squeezed to fund criminal cadres' luxury cars and overseas trips. The British lost their American colonies due to this exact same phenomenon, starting with the Boston Tea Party, which was a revolt against unfair taxation. A full-blown taxpayer's revolt against tolls is going to be the beginning of the end of the stinking ANC regime.

      Alan - 2012-04-03 12:53

      I think you have hit the nail on the head. There is unprecedented opposition to Toling, and it is fast gaining momentum. Bottom line is that Tolling is unjust, and affects every single cosumer in the country. SA citizens are reaching saturation point will all the extortion and are digging in now. Whoohooo - times are a changin....

      Allstar - 2012-04-03 15:15

      Jared , you and Brett are definetly getting closer to the truth. The tolling of our roads has nothing to do with goverment corruption or mismanagement. This is a Criminal Case. This concocted plan to extort money from the citizens of SA was thought out by 'mafia type terrorists' of the worst kind. They planned so far ahead that they created 'sanral' to launder the money. The companies overseas will definitely have the names of those involved, registered as directors. What a plan!!! After you have resigned or been ousted or retired, the cash-cow continues to support you with millions..Tax free! Everybody knows the money was already there to do upgrades and this was bolstered with extra money because of the world cup. So it cost those involved nothing to implement this plan. These Criminals need to be exposed and executed!! Publicly!!

      Johnathon - 2012-04-03 15:32

      Part of SANRAL'S absolute desperation is caused by the fact that if the scheme does not go through and becomes a huge "White Elephant" then the public will demand to be informed just how many billions this monster has already cost the tax payer. Don’t cross your fingers though, as the Government may also be just as desperate, and the "Secrecy Hide All Corruption Bill" will be rushed through so that the public will be faced with a blank TV Screen on what those in power have actually been involved in. The sweet darlings want to sleep well at night you know.

      Johnathon - 2012-04-03 17:46

      All News 24 Readers, these comments were in the article "E-TAGS Compulsary" and will have been read by most of you, but I have included it again in case some readers have only read this article.Bring SANRAL and Government to its knees. No E-TAG purchase ever. Obviously none have been bought yet, and SANRAL is staring defeat in the jaws. Churchill’s historic speech "We will fight E Tags in the air, on the beaches, in every town and field.We will never ever surrender or give up the fight, against E - tags. NEVER EVER.It helped to unite Britian which eventually wenr ot to win the war. This ditty if religeously followed, will also help us fight the war aginst SANRAL. Remember NO E-TAG Purchase EVER EVER EVER EVER - We will never ever surrender to this SANRAL Plunder. Remeber the Clown Chemical Ali in the Iraqu war who told the people on TV that Iraque was completely winning the war, when television viewers saw a hundred American Tanks in the street, as the camera panned past Ali'S head. Our Nazir Ali has threatened the population that SANRAL will be victorious no matter what. Poor disilutioned ALI. Please ask your doctor for a triple PROZAC dose to calm your shattered nerves and phscholical turmoil, presently wracking your tired brain.

  • James - 2012-04-03 12:48

    *************DO NOT REGISTER OR BUY E-TAGS ***********************

  • Johann - 2012-04-03 12:48

    Seems like the Robbin Hood story! We just need a Robin Hood. Can we expect the other Political Parties to be our voices. I do not see enough from ANY Political Party in the news to stand up against this "unjust tax". We need a Robin Hood!!!!

      Bongani - 2012-04-03 12:58

      FF+ is trying to fight against this corruption, but we are very few. we need members.

      Johann - 2012-04-03 13:02

      That is great! See how the KONY phenomenon started. Poster etc to make him famous. Inform me where to get the details and I will assist in spreading the word on their behalve.

      Anthony - 2012-04-03 14:01

      please people BOYCOT pick&pay --they have a contract to sell e tags for SANRAL and then take a commision --please boycot them --also to all the ladies who go to p&p please go and complain to the store manager about their sad morality

      Alan - 2012-04-03 16:07

      @Anthony - why Anthony - because you work for Spar or Checkers? Well - they also sell the E tags.

      Ina - 2012-04-03 16:11

      Better yet, picket all the P&P outlets. No Tolls, No e-Tags, or No customers!

  • Brian - 2012-04-03 12:52

    Burn the toll gates down!

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-03 12:53

      Hey, vandalism is illegal, but now that you've planted the seed ...

      Willie - 2012-04-03 13:10

      The structure are there....convert them into Hi tech Advertising boards....easy way of generating cash!

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-03 13:19

      Advertising the ANC's neverending corruption and thievery?

      Pappa - 2012-04-03 14:08

      convert them into diving boards for the people who insist on using the highways as pedestrian crossings, they can stand and wait untill the right car comes along before plunging to their doom!!!! even my dog has sense enough not to run in front of cars!!!!

      Snoopy - 2012-04-03 15:14

      I've had the same thought for yonks now. Petrol Bomb, just throw it out the window in the drive by!

  • tednhet - 2012-04-03 12:54

    They can all go to hell for all I care. I WILL use side roads.

      Brad.Kopping - 2012-04-03 16:04

      te ones the taxis use? your risking your life on this side roads O__O

  • FerreiraGerald - 2012-04-03 12:56

    On the lighter side of the E-Tol yesterday the world's first flying car have been revealed. If it were just affordable we would not have needed the toll roads :-)

      Khantsho.Booby.Solomon.Meso - 2012-04-03 14:10

      They will still screw you. Probably charge you for the air you breathe and........wait for it.......they already have CO2 tax. They have made sure they can fleece you in every angle. Wish they could apply the same gusto to service delivery or anything that would create "A better life for all"

  • Dewald - 2012-04-03 12:58

    We make SANRAL a deal. If they DO NOT implement the new toll gantries, they can keep the existing old toll gates in place (at the current toll rate or less, of course!)

      Mark - 2012-04-03 13:15

      Dewald, I understand your point, but part of the N1 toll-road is URBAN. The same goes for the N4east and N4 west, both catching Pretoria commuters. As has been said before, the principal of tolling people going to work is just unnacceptable. These sections of existing urban tolling should go as well!

      Louw - 2012-04-03 14:38

      Dewald, you are auctioning the people on the N4, I dont think it is fair. Rather demand that toll's on all roads be dropped. Tourism along the N4 is non existend due to high toll fees. Further you get tolled for a single lane road with at least 50% solid white lines from Belfast to Komatipoort and speed limits varying from 80 to 120.

  • Ryan - 2012-04-03 12:59

    Imagine a world (country) that used the money spent on building SOCCER stadiums, that are never used for soccer, and instead spent on the roads we use everyday.

      Alan - 2012-04-03 13:05

      yeah - that is a part of the problem - we are still going to be paying for the White Elephant stadiums for a long long time to come

      David - 2012-04-03 13:17

      1st it was the Arms deal, then e-tolling, next is the nuclear power stations. We taxpayers have had enough now!!!

  • jorg.dietrich - 2012-04-03 13:03

    why does the licensing department not renew you disc if you are not registered with e-tag mr nazir.who is fooling who.

  • Ian - 2012-04-03 13:09

    So now you can choose to register or not, ok but if you don't register - you stil have to pay right? Or is it a free drive for you then?

      E - 2012-04-04 12:09

      No, if you do not have an e-tag, you pay almost double. So who's laughing all the way to the bank?

  • moagima - 2012-04-03 13:09

    Clearly politicians have invested heavily in this e-tolling,that they are not hearing the cries of the GP people.

  • kevin.moreland2 - 2012-04-03 13:10

    wat are 'PEACE OFFICERS"..IS IT A SPELLING ERROR????,,,,POLICE????????

      Martin - 2012-04-03 13:26

      cuffed and shot in the back by peace officers hahahah , beaten to death by peace officers while protesting, shot point blank while lying face down by a peace officer who was mentally unstable with his rifle on auto.....sound more like terrorist militia to me

  • Felix - 2012-04-03 13:11

    "Road users are therefore not forced to buy an e-tag, but are encouraged to obtain one to enjoy the cost saving benefits available to e-tag users." "These benefits included a 48% e-tag discount and a frequent user discount." Sounds like this awesome deal I got with powdered water.

      Anthony - 2012-04-03 14:10

      there has been considerable investigation on how it will be impossible for SANRAL to send out 1/2 million toll acounts to motorists each month --the useless post office wont be able to cope and the logistics of charging motorists 24 hours a day and 30 days a month will be impossible for them to manage ---so i suggest that when u get your first bill just throw it away --this will increase their logistic load by 100% and colapse them --just say u did not get the invoice

      flysouth - 2012-04-03 16:27

      Let SANRAL issue summons to payment defaulters - a legal expert has stated that a mere 1000 summonses per week will bring the entire Gauteng court system to a grinding halt! Others have said that it is practically impossible for SANRAL to issue the hundreds of thousands, maybe millions of invoices per month needed when people do not use e-tags! Clearly this is the way to go.

  • Ridwan - 2012-04-03 13:12

    I think the peace officers will welcome a R10 bribe after questioning a motorist. this falls in line with othe south african corrupt herritage!

  • dewald.galjaard - 2012-04-03 13:13

    run little piggy, run.

  • Peter - 2012-04-03 13:15

    Up your sanral we not buying or paying extoll forget it

      Mark - 2012-04-03 13:19

      Ha Ha - good one Peter! Stick it up your etag, SANRAL!

      Martin - 2012-04-03 13:27

      touch sanral on their studio

      Mark - 2012-04-03 13:41

      Yes, kick them in the gantries.

  • Ian - 2012-04-03 13:20

    I recall reading an article previously (2 years +) on News24, about how much toll money has been collected (+/- R 9 billion) and how much has been accounted for (+/- R 875 million). We are all concerned with the current e-tolling debacle, but I would suspect and audit on the entire “tolling franchise” would be frightening.

  • Kim - 2012-04-03 13:25

    E tagging issue has only come about because state pension money has been used to build the roads and that the prices paid per kilometre of refurbishing an existing road are disproportionate that there has to have been some manipulation of contracts. It is now a dilema that the exorbitant collection costs some 40% of fees is not in the profit margin hopped to get for state pensions. So once more tax money will be used to bail the state pension funds. Either way the man in the street looses to corruption/mismanagement of money with integrity.

      robqb - 2012-04-05 17:23

      @ Kim. I agree with you. Time for a new government! BUT WHO? I'm even doubting the official opposition can do much. Been with them since they were the United Party, but united no more!

  • Marietjie - 2012-04-03 13:31

    I have just checked on Sanral's website for e-toll costs & discounts. Guess what - nothing! Under construction after costs reviewed. Is that not very misleading

  • skootzie - 2012-04-03 13:39

    "Road users are therefore not forced to buy an e-tag, but are encouraged to obtain one to enjoy the cost saving benefits available to e-tag users." "...enjoy the cost saving benefits available to e-tag users..." "...cost saving benefits..." "...cost..." "...benefits..." .. LOLOLOLOL, No.

      thinga - 2012-04-03 14:27

      You couldn't make me laugh any better! LOL LOLLER LOLEST

  • Chien-Teng - 2012-04-03 13:41

    It is only an upgrade on existing infrastructure. They didn't build new roads. They didn't go into the whole consultation with the public to buy or acquire new lands to build new roads or environmental impact studies etc, they merely upgraded the roads (and in some cases, very poor engineering and workmanship ie, warping of the road and potholes etc). So how can they toll us on doing upgrade and maintenance, which the government was supposed to do anyway? Some politicians and well connected businessmen stand to gain a lot of kick backs. And most of the motorists (except for the law enforcement and blue light vehicles) had to sit the horrendous traffic and drive on poor conditions of the roads while they do their upgrade and maintenance

      Alan - 2012-04-03 13:47

      Some upgrade! for the umpteenth time, huge sections of the Pta - Jhb International highway have broken up and are being redone. So, with this quality of workmanship, we are in for ongoing exhobitant maintenance costs as well. Maybe taking the 'most expensive BEE quote from your Uncle's company' was not the best thing to do in the long run. Maaifoedies

      Johann - 2012-04-03 13:49

      We are still sitting in this horrendous traffic. Just this week, most of the lanes on the R21 were pulled up due to poor surfaces. They close lanes during peak times. Did anyone see the carnage on the roads when it rains. Water is not draining away. Spray from the car in front of you is the worst in SA roads. Accidents seem to be more since the roards are (in)-completed. You cant see the lines on the roads when they are wet. Surely the lights ( that are never on except for in the day times) are also costs we have to carry. What a shame. Wish we had the old roads back!!!!

      Pappa - 2012-04-03 14:14

      pools of water now gather where pools never used to gather under the giloolys bridges heading towards van buuren!!!! brilliant workmanship!!! also, has anyone checked whether the camber on the new link on the gilloolys overpass is correct???? or was it just BUILT???

  • roberta.keeling - 2012-04-03 13:44

    One moment they threaten to take your licence away if you don't e-toll. Next moment they deny this. They don't even know what they're doing! Left hand right hand syndrome. What a bunch of losers!!!

      Cosmic - 2012-04-03 13:53

      How many folks went out this morning to go register? They scared a whole lot of people into registering and buying... And all they do now is to deny! Aren’t they clever? Almost like the Botma fellow going on Carte Blanche threatening to arrest everyone who doesn’t hand in their firearms, only to have the old green license card valid to this day…

  • roi.boss1 - 2012-04-03 13:50

    i must say we like free things too much and yet we expect the government to mantain the roads and this and that.when there are potholes we complain and when there are toll roads that are world class we still complain, so i say to the government carry on coz either way they were still going to complain

      Johann - 2012-04-03 14:02

      Must agree with Alan. How can you see the tolls as anything but a money making scheme. Look at the figures that we all have posted over the last couple of months. The figures show we can reroad this whole country in 20 years with the money they stand to gain. Roads that have been built with money from our pockets already. 2% of the budget should tell it all

      tshepiso.tlokolo - 2012-04-03 14:10

      You probably work for goverment....fixing potholes is part of manucipalities/goverment's service delivery. But right now they r focused on pocketing...some manucipalities have been reported to have over R30bn of funds misuse.

      ruan.buhr - 2012-04-03 14:11

      Alan and Johann @Roi probably works for SANRAL! Pointless replying...

      lubabalo.matshoba - 2012-04-03 15:47

      @ROi.boss1 - If you are a normal person, I mean with a right IQ and you have a job and you are paying tax, (Unless you working for SANRAL or you are an executive member of the company that is fixing the roads every 6 months) you wouldn't be saying this crap. Petrol is killing us already going up twice in 4 weeks. So please unless you have something better to say, just shut up.

      Nina - 2012-04-04 10:49

      @Roi.boss: We "complain" because this is NONSENSE. There is already money designated for that maintenance, which our beloved government spends on themselves and stuf they cant/wont even account for. We "complain" because we have an unfretted constitutional logical right to do so, and because we are not blind to what is actually going on. ITS ENOUGH! Some of us actually work for our money, and not try bleed it out of others.

      Keith - 2012-04-12 09:02

      You are completely right, we do want everything for nothing. But why do we have to pay only for the roads, which are vital to South Africa's livelihood? What about free houses,free electricity, free grants for children and so on?

  • Jan - 2012-04-03 13:53

    Animal Farm, oh Animal Farm . . .

      Ken - 2012-04-03 14:00

      Cry the beloved Country

      alansmartSnr - 2012-05-01 22:57

      Now, In retrospect I am so happy to think of those 350,000 people who bought the e-tags and refused to join the united front. Lets see them get their money back. I think they have more chance of giving birth to a kangaroo. Lekker! Kry vir julle - en as daar weer 'n vereenigde front nodig is - hoop julle sal hierdie episode onthou! Veraaiers.

      alansmartSnr - 2012-05-01 23:07

      @ Jan.. Ja - Animal Farm, Animal Farm! We had that at Varsity, 2nd year with "Peter's Principal. If you dont know Peters Principal google it. It is a mirror of our current government.

  • Ken - 2012-04-03 13:54

    Can you imagine those jokers sending out 4m invoices a month and then the Post Office delivering. They are desprate that you buy a tag because with out them the house comes tumbling down. Stand Vas you guys in Gauteng or the will e-tag every tar road in the country. VASBYT MANNE

  • rrakoma - 2012-04-03 13:58

    my problem with the etags is that just like the petrol price it will go up. So they could charge us 1cent per kilo now but in 3years time it could be R4 a kilo. I'm leaving joburg, Cape Town refugee camp here I

  • Henk - 2012-04-03 14:00

    you cant trust sanral and its management!

      robqb - 2012-04-05 17:33

      @rrakoma. Welcome to the only sane state in the RSA.

      robqb - 2012-04-05 17:34

      @ Henk. Don't you mean MISmanagement?

  • Mark - 2012-04-03 14:12

    State-sanctioned theft.

      Anthony - 2012-04-03 14:26

      what a pleasure it has been reading all the comments --well done guys very intresting comments as well --intresting to note that there has only been one untoward comment from an idiot named ROI [DOSENT THT SAY IT ALL] where are all the ANC trolls now --very quiet i think and happily as the ANC grinds this country down they will very SLOWLY see the light

  • Khantsho.Booby.Solomon.Meso - 2012-04-03 14:13

    the only time I will buy an e-tag would be to fling it at the face of the next government/sanral airbag that insists on the e-tolling compliance. Yes, I would pay R50 for that. I haven't dropped the soap yet, stop trying to screw me

  • tshepiso.tlokolo - 2012-04-03 14:16

    Watch! Gauteng will stand still come the 1st of May.....Enough is enough with with these politicians benefiting schemes....

  • thinga - 2012-04-03 14:18

    It's like Sulla and his lictors, or rather, Julius Caesar and his bodyguard of Spanish horsemen! We're going to be legally killed here

  • Jacob - 2012-04-03 14:21

    Guys taking care of 9 wives is so expensive is this economy! Be a sport get an E-toll "Together we can"

  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-04-03 14:23

    I am not going to buy it would rather use the old jhb road

      Keith - 2012-04-11 17:42

      How much do you bet that they will start repairs on that road with Stop/Go controls, so you'll be forced to use the toll road.

  • James - 2012-04-03 14:28

    Why do we have SANRAL doing the job of Director General of The Department of Transport? What is the department doing? Isn't this their job? Why can't other government departments privatise their core function? JZ pls answer

      Allstar - 2012-04-03 15:41

      Someone has to launder the money and transfer it overseas! And we can't have fingers pointed at the anc now, can we? (as if no-one knows)

  • Candice - 2012-04-03 14:34

    This article was meant for disconnected readers. Luckily I only read the headline: Sanral: E-tags compulsory, because I knew it was a bullsh1t story. Hyping up stupid people for nothing.

  • Ze Don - 2012-04-03 14:45

    I suspect that if sanral have to rely on the photo system ALL the accounts will be disputed, can you imagine the cost of that!

      Ze Don - 2012-04-03 14:53

      On a side note: What has happened to all the tax we pay on fuel that was supposed to be used for roads? After the latest increase we will be paying 298.5c in tax & levies on EVERY litre of petrol sold in Gauteng!

  • Marion - 2012-04-03 14:52

    The AA is selling "NO TOLL (AA) GP" stickers for cars. Apparently available at any AA outlet for those who are interested.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-04-03 14:56

    So SANRAL is saying that they will steal from us, but if we make it easier for them to extort the money from us by registering, they will steal less? I will dump clients and business ventures that require me to use the toll roads and retrench the extra staff before I pay a cent to the government for tolling.

  • jolene.schoeman - 2012-04-03 15:32

    NO E-TAGS EVER EVER!!! I just think with a government as corrupt and criminal as ours, we should be careful that they don't get this money from increasing petrol prices, taxes etc. (like we are getting now)

      robqb - 2012-04-05 17:39

      How can you be careful and prevent something that is already being done?

  • Wilma - 2012-04-03 16:21

    Actions speak louder than words!

  • flysouth - 2012-04-03 16:22

    Nazzir is lying - I believe that SANRAL is trying to impose it's own version of law here! But this action illustrates the panic that has clearly set in at SANRAL as a result of the successful campaign to encourage motorists NOT to buy an e-tag. SANRAL, as anyone who understands even slightly finance and business, is running scared now, knowing that their 'cash machines' placed on Gauteng highways without consultation with the users of those highways, are becoming redundant and will in due course be turned into symbols of the downfall, not only of SANRAL but of their prime shareholder, the ANC! As a result of this panic they are casting about for any method to generate the massive revenue-flows that they now are finally beginning to understand will not be forthcoming. The ANC's blind and wrong-headed insistence of this toll-scheme is going to light the tinder for a mass revolt against this government. I agree fully with the poster here who suggests boycotting those who wish to resell e-tags for their own profit. But make sure that you tell the store manager why you will no longer spend your money is his store! I will be doing this, most certainly. Any who assist SANRAL in their thievery are just as guilty in my opinion - and must suffer the consequences - that goes for those sheeple who actually buy an e-tag, too!

  • Carry - 2012-04-03 17:54


  • marina.poniatowska - 2012-04-03 19:01

    Ok, I'm confused. Which is it now - will it be compulsory or not? Maybe, but seriously. Which is it?

  • Judith - 2012-04-03 20:22

    Seems SANRAL swings with the wind. Which announcement are we supposed to make sense of please? However autocracy is taking root fast unless we, the communities, stop it in its tracks!

  • June - 2012-04-03 21:42

    I ask again and again, when will SANRAL produce the "blacked" out contract and WHO signed off the deal???

      robqb - 2012-04-05 17:43

      @June. Not ever!

  • Priscilla - 2012-04-04 04:52

    Is this not a kind of force to buy a e-tag. Save or don't save ""Road users are therefore not forced to buy an e-tag, but are encouraged to obtain one to enjoy the cost saving benefits available to e-tag users."

  • Hugh - 2012-04-04 09:29

    42 toll gantries, conservatively 1'000 000 vehicles per day equates to 4'200 000 transactions. An average 22 day month give you 92'400 000 transactions to be audited manually and posted out. That is their death nail. DONT BUY TAGS!!!!!

  • Minesh - 2012-04-04 10:33

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