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E-toll phase 2 still under construction

The department of transport says it has not yet discussed a second phase in the e-toll project.

Gauteng motorists will be tolled electronically once the e-toll system comes into effect

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Transport on Saturday denied claims that government will go ahead with the second phase of construction for the controversial Gauteng e-toll road network.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng issued a statement this week slamming comments allegedly made by Premier Nomvula Mokonyane saying the phase to link 300 kilometres of roads to other highways is to be upgraded.

While Mokonyane's office couldn't be reached for comment the department spokesperson Tiyani Rikhotso said the second phase of the upgrades has not yet been discussed.

He said construction will take place only when the national transport department approves the plans.

The Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project has been a bone of contention in the province with the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) not giving up on the fight.