DA: E-toll billboards ‘spot-on’

The DA refused to take responsibility or distance itself from billboards opposing e-tolls.

Democratic Alliance Premier Candidate for Gauteng Mmusi Maimane. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Friday refused to take responsibility or distance itself from new billboards erected along Gauteng highways.

The billboards read, "E-tolls. Proudly brought to you by the ANC".

However, the opposition party has come out in support of the message saying it is "spot-on".

In September, President Jacob Zuma signed into law a bill which paves the way for the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to launch the controversial multi-billion rand project.

The DA's Mmusi Maimane says his party will continue to support the battle against e-tolls.

He says politics cannot be separated from the issue.

"It's a very political issue because it was a Cabinet decision. South Africans need to know that it wasn't a decision based on the economy. It was one where Cabinet sat back and said we need roads, Sanral can provide them and we can toll them."

Last week, Maimane led a small group of supporters in a protest against e-tolling in Gauteng.

Also last month, the DA's Jack Bloom said, "We need to know what the government plans to do with the e-tolls. We believe that it's not too late for government to reconsider the whole project.

"They should at least wait for the outcome of the court case. The whole idea is unworkable."

The e-toll matter is before the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein where judgment has been reserved.