ANC against WC toll road project

The ANC plans to meet with Sanral regarding the controversial the N1/N2 Winelands Toll Road.

Western Cape ANC leader Marius Fransman. Picture: Chanel September/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The ANC in the Western Cape on Thursday said it would approach the South African National Road Agency Limited (Sanral) and national government about the N1/N2 Winelands Toll Road project.

The party indicated it was not in favour of the contentious initiative, despite claims by the Democratic Alliance (DA).

Both the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the DA will be launching their own campaign against Sanral's plans to toll more than 170 kilometers of the province's highways.

The City of Cape Town has been given two days in court in May to try and interdict the project, arguing that Sanral it is not revealing project and tolling costs.

ANC Provincial Chairperson Marius Fransman said, "We don't see the issue as electioneering. I think it's the DA that's trying to make it an election issue. We will communicate with whoever asks about our position [on the issue]."

Meanwhile, the Gauteng tolling system is expected to be launched in the next two months.

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) has opposed the project.

Outa estimates that less than 60,000 of Gauteng's 3.5-million motorists have bought e-tags.

But Sanral claims 600,000 e-tags have been sold to date.