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No money for Gauteng highway debt

Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane on Thursday said there was simply no money to pay for the debt...

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Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane on Thursday said there was simply no money to pay for the debt incurred as a result of the Gauteng freeway improvement project.

Earlier, during a post cabinet briefing, Chabane responded to questions hinting the actions taken by government to mitigate the effects on motorists may not be enough.

Chabane said government’s reduction of toll tariffs in Gauteng was a recognition that the burden on all citizens, not just the poor, were taken into account.

Chabane said nothing more could be done as the fiscus was under pressure.

He added the debts incurred from improving the Gauteng freeways were high.

“We can’t take money from the fiscus at this point in time because we need investments in all the other areas or the economy so that we can create more jobs."

On Wednesday, thousands showed their support to the Congress of South African Trade Union (Cosatu)’s attempts to fight e-tolling in Gauteng by marching in cities countrywide.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)

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