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Cabinet considers alternative e-toll funding

Cabinet says it will revisit other plans that can help solve the e-tolling dilemma.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe. Picture: SAPA

PRETORIA - Officials will consider e-toll alternatives to fund and maintain Gauteng's freeways, Cabinet said on Thursday.

Government officials and the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) made the announcement at a meeting in Pretoria on Thursday.

Deputy President Kgalema Mothlanthe met with Outa's Wayne Duvenhage, whose delegation included representatives from the Automobile Association and economists.

They discussed road maintenance, congestion and efficient public transport alternatives.

Officials from both sides clashed when it came to e-tolling.

Outa wants the fuel levy to fund the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project.

Motlanthe welcomed the talks, saying Cabinet would consider the proposals.

The e-tolling system is under review after the North Gauteng High Court issued an interdict halting the implementation of the controversial project.

Government has now approached the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg to appeal the Pretoria court's April ruling.

Under the project, motorists were expected to fork out at least 30 cents per kilometre to use a large stretch of the province's highways.