Maimane will scrap e-tolls if elected

The DA's Gauteng Premier Candidate officially launched his campaign in Soweto yesterday.

The Democratic Alliance's Premier Candidate for Gauteng Mmusi Maimane at a march against e-tolling on 27 September 2013. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA)'s Gauteng Premier Candidate Mmusi Maimane says he will scrap the controversial e-tolling system if elected premier in next year's general elections.

Maimane outlined his plans during the official launch of his campaign for premier at Soweto's Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication on Saturday.

He said the government did not properly consult motorists of its plan to toll Gauteng's freeways.

The system is expected to go live before the end of the year.

Maimane said people should vote out any government that supports e-tolling.

"We are exploring every legal avenue we can find. So going into government next year, the first thing we will do is vote out a government that supports e-tolling. Secondly, we have to stop the further implementation of e-tolling. We don't feel e-tolling will help Gauteng's economy."

Maimane said he's confident the ANC will lose the majority of voters to the DA.

"We're confident the ANC will get below 60 percent of the votes and so we're working hard as many South Africans are coming on board saying it's time for change."

His spokesperson Kelly Muller said she believes he stands a good chance of claiming the title of Gauteng premier.

"He definitely has a chance, he's just conducted a month long tour of Gauteng and has gone up and down the length and the breadth of the province being welcomed by so many different people."