DA calls for Parliamentary review on e-tolls

The DA says the funding for road construction should come from a small increase to the fuel levy.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) wants the funding for road construction and infrastructure development to come from a small increase in the fuel levy, saying it would negate a further need for e-tolling.

Last month, 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).

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

While the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance has welcomed Makhura's decision to set up the panel, the DA says a provincial investigation is not good enough and wants a full Parliamentary committee review.

The DA's Manny de Freitas says this panel will have little power while the party's Parliamentary leader, Mmusi Maimane, says the fuel levy should be directed solely to road construction and maintenance.

"When we build infrastructure in Gauteng, which is to the benefit of the country as a whole, we can collectively share in the cost."

The South African National Roads Agency Limited could not be reached for comment but has indicated that the announcement of the provincial review panel has negatively impacted its investors' confidence.

Makhura is expected to announce who will head the panel during the course of this week as well as outline its terms of reference.

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