E-toll bill moves a step closer

The bill legalising e-tolls in Gauteng is on its way to the National Council of Provinces for approval.
CAPE TOWN - A contentious bill which paves the way for e-tolling to be implemented on Gauteng's highways is one step closer to being passed into law.

The bill will now go to the National Council of Provinces (NCRP) after the National Assembly approved it on Tuesday. 

Although cabinet and the African National Congress (ANC) pledged support for the bill, they've come up against fierce opposition from political parties and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)

The ANC's Ruth Bengu said, “Cosatu used the public hearings of this bill to question the mandate of the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and tolling of roads in South African in general.”

The Democratic Alliance (DA)’s Ian Ollis said the Transport Minister shouldn't rush to implement the tolling system.

“It will first go to the NCRP for further amendments, then come back to us, then to the President for his assent. This process takes a lot of time.”

He said the public should be given a chance to vote on whether they want to be tolled to use Gauteng's highways.

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)