Sanral denies financial problems

Outa claims Sanral staff approached them after being told they will be retrenched.

The controversial e-tolling system went live in Gauteng on 3 December. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has denied that it has financial problems and says it will be fine as long as motorists continue paying their e-tolls.

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) claims Sanral staff approached them after being told that some of them would be retrenched from the end of this month.

Sanral says motorists have run up a bill of more than half a billion rand in overdue fees since the system's launch in December.

Sanral Chief Financial Officer Inge Mulder said she can't confirm whether there will be staff retrenchments.

"I cannot confirm that. It can only be the operator ETC, and they haven't indicated to me that they are going to do that or need to do it."

Meanwhile, Sanral on Thursday said it has transferred unpaid e-toll bills totalling around R620 million to its Violations Processing Centre for debt collection.

The roads agency has given motorists who haven't paid their bills another 30 days to settle their accounts or face jail time.

Sanral said only nine percent of more than R540 million, which excludes VAT, had been collected so far.

With VAT included, the total amount owed by Gauteng motorists is nearly R620 million.