Makhura expected to discuss fate of e-tolls

The Gauteng premier is expected to give clarity on the fate of e-tolls in his Sopa at the end of the month.

The e-tolling system went live on 3 December 2013.Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Clarity on the fate of Gauteng's multibillion rand e-tolling system is expected in the State of the Province Address (Sopa) which is to be delivered by Gauteng Premier David Makhura at the end of the month.

Gauteng roads and transport MEC Ismail Vadi has been quoted saying that provincial government is taking a "second look"at the project sparking speculation and calls for more information.

Lobby groups like the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance have welcomed the development.

But with no clarity from government, the confusion around the latest development could continue for days.

Vadi's office says he isn't doing interviews at the moment because he's in a management lekgotla.

The premier's office told Eyewitness News that he will address the issue in his Sopa.

The key question is whether current infrastructure will be affected or whether any rethinking about e-tolling and its funding model will only affect future projects.

The dispute about how much public support e-tolling has continues.

E-tolling was launched in December, despite widespread opposition from politicians, groups and Gauteng residents.