Makhura announces e-toll panel

The premier says the probe will be based on the experiences of motorists and not only theory.

FILE: Gauteng Premier David Makhura has announced the first 10 members of the e-toll review panel. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Thursday announced the names of 10 experts who will participate in the provincial panel to review the impact of e-tolling.

The panel will look at the socio-economic impact of the controversial system and its impact on residents and Gauteng at large.

The first meeting will take place next week.

Though five more names are yet to be announced, the first 10 are as follows:

Prof. Muxe Nkondo (Chairperson)

Dr Patricia Hanekom (Secretariat)

Adv. John Ngcebetsha

Dr Vuyo Mahlati

Dr Luci Abrahams

Prof. Fiona Tregenna

Dr Anna Mokgokong

Dr John Sampson

Ms Lauretta Teffo

Prof. Christopher Malikane

Makhura says the panel will invite proposals for solutions to any problems and report back to local government once a month.

He says the group is due to submit a final report to the Gauteng Provincial Legislature by the end of November.

The premier says the investigation will be based on the experiences of motorists and not only theory.

"Our decision to establish this panel is based on our conviction that the peoples' voice must be heard on matters that affect our province," Makhura said in a statement.

"I wish to reiterate that we are not promising easy solutions with the establishment of this panel. However, we shall not turn a blind eye or a deaf ear to the cries of people who are negatively affected by the cost of travelling across the province."

A large number of motorists are refusing to pay their outstanding e-tolling bills, arguing the system is flawed and unlawful.

But Makhura appealed to motorists to continue paying the tariffs while the panel works to find a lasting solution.

Meanwhile, the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance on Thursday launched its Rule of Law campaign aimed at helping motorists who have been summonsed for not paying bills.

The alliance hopes to raise R3 million to take on the South African National Roads Agency Limited in court.

It appealed to the public for donations.