Makhura willing to listen 'to e-toll issues'

David Makhura has unveiled plans to establish a panel to investigate the impact of e-tolls.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura. Picture:EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier David Makhura says he's willing listen to the grievances of those who've been affected by the implementation of the controversial e-tolling project.

Makhura unveiled plans to establish a panel to investigate the controversial project's impact on the province during his inaugural State of the Province Address (Sopa) in Thokoza on Friday morning.

Makhura said the panel will work with national government, municipalities and stakeholders to find a solution regarding the payment of e-tolls.

He said he views the matter as urgent.

Various organisations including the Congress of South African Trade Unions and Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance have welcomed the news.

Makhura, who previously appeared to be opposed to e-tolls before he became premier, says he wants to find a lasting solution to the system.

He says he's serious about transforming the province into an economically inclusive region and called on those affected by e-tolling to speak out.

"The panel is something we are looking at and I can tell you that any issue that affects this province will be dealt with."

The controversial system went live on 3 December after months of legal wranglings, protests and calls for civil disobedience.