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E-toll ads ‘the work of cowards’

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters lashed out at the DA for the anonymous billboards.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters lashed out at the DA for the anonymous billboards. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA)'s anti-e-toll billboard campaign is "the work of cowards", Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said on Monday.

The anonymous boards were erected along Gauteng highways last week with the words, "E-tolls. Proudly brought to you by the ANC."

The opposition party owned up to the campaign on Sunday.

This after the ANC reported the matter to both the Advertising Standards Authority and the Independent Electoral Commission.

Speaking at a New Age breakfast gathering on Monday, Peters lashed out at the DA.

"That is the work of cowards - people who don't have the decency to actually acknowledge what the ANC government has delivered in this country."

The minister argues e-tolling will help fund infrastructure development and make it possible for roads to be less congested.

She says the system is expensive because the technology is imported.

But the DA says it's not worried by the ANC's challenge as the advert is "100 percent accurate."

There is still no exact date for when South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) will switch on the gantries across Gauteng highways.

In September, President Jacob Zuma signed a bill into a law giving the multi-billion rand project the green light.

Peters says the country will be making use of e-tolls before the end of the year.

Critics of the project say the sheer volume of transactions and the number of drivers who won't pay will force the entire system to collapse.

The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein is yet to deliver its judgment in a legal challenge against the project lodged by the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance.