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DA makes one more e-toll appeal

The DA says it will appeal to the transport minister and the president not to sign the e-tolls bill.

The DA says it will appeal to the transport minister and the president not to sign the e-tolls bill.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) at the weekend said they will appeal to Transport Minister Dipuo Peters and President Jacob Zuma not to sign the e-tolls bill, saying it wants the new transport minister to review the e-tolls contract.

The DA's shadow Minister of Transport Ian Ollis said Zuma has not yet signed the e-tolls bill despite signing several other urgent bills, which indicates there is still room for negotiation.

"The president has not actually signed what we commonly refer to as e-toll bill. The president has delayed on signing the bill. He has signed on many other bills interim but not the e-toll bill, which says to me that there is some room for negotiation."

The opposition party could have their own copy of the 6, 000 page e-toll contract documents by this week, which will shed light on the monthly fee the South African National Roads Agency, Ltd (Sanral) owes its subcontractors and suppliers.

Ollis said they will finally be able to scrutinise the entire document.

"We need to understand what measures the contractor will put in place to recover that money that isn't paid or how exactly Sanral expects to deal with those administrative costs when it can cost up to R970 million a year. We want to understand how exactly that's going to operate."

He said this is the world's most expensive toll collection system, which is inappropriate for a country like South Africa.

Sanral pays Gauteng's e-toll operator, electronic toll collection, and indirectly Austrian toll company Kapsch TrafficCom AG as its major shareholder for operating costs of e-tolls.

The Supreme Court of Appeal will hear the challenge against e-tolling in September.