Alli stays on as Sanral CEO

The Transport Department confirmed that Nazir Alli will stay on as Sanral boss

Sanral CEO Nazir Alli. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Transport Department on Thursday confirmed Nazir Alli will stay on as CEO of the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral).

Earlier, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe announced that the search for a new CEO for the agency was off.

He was briefing Parliament on the controversial e-tolling system.

In April, Alli handed in his resignation. It was accepted by the Sanral board.

The department's spokesperson Tiyani Rikhotso said government persuaded him to reconsider.

"In light of ongoing processes, especially the implementation of the e-tolling, the inter-ministerial committee took a view that it will be in the best interest for Sanral to persuade Mr Alli to reconsider his resignation."

Alli was meant to vacate his post at the end of May, with board member Koos Smit taking over as interim CEO.

Alli had resigned shortly after the North Gauteng High Court issued an urgent interdict on the e-tolling.

The court ordered a review of the project.