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DA: E-tolls not just a Gauteng problem

The party is calling for the e-toll system to be taken on review by a Parliamentary committee.

FILE: The DA is calling for the e-toll system to be taken on review by a Parliamentary committee. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The e-tolling system review is no longer a Gauteng problem only, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Monday.

The official opposition is calling for the e-toll system to be taken on review by a Parliamentary committee and for the National Assembly to debate the implementation.

The party welcomed a move by newly appointed Gauteng Premier David Makhura to set up a provincial panel to take up the issue on review.

But the DA says tolls are no longer just a provincial problem.

During the course of the week, Makhura is expected to announce the terms of reference and the members who will head the review.

The DA's Mmusi Maimane says the party will be drafting a private members bill in Parliament that will make the imposing of e-tolls in the future more consultative.

The controversial Gauteng e-tolling system was launched in December, despite a public outcry by opposition politicians, trade unions, civil society groups and members of the public.