Makhura to unveil e-toll panel members

The Gauteng premier is also expected to stipulate how much power the panel will have.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier David Makhura is today expected to announce the members of a panel set up to review the controversial e-tolling system in the province.

Since the multibillion rand project went online in December, a number of motorists have refused to pay their bills, with growing calls for civil disobedience.

Despite the massive debt incurred over seven months since the system was launched, no motorists have been prosecuted for non-payment.

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).

Today, he is expected to stipulate how much power the panel will have and how it will go about finding a lasting solution to the project's issues.

Makhura's decision to review the impact of the system has been widely welcomed by opposition parties and anti e-toll campaigners.

But the Democratic Alliance said earlier this week that a provincial investigation is not good enough and wants a full Parliamentary committee review.

The South African National Roads Agency Limited has indicated that the announcement of the provincial review panel has negatively impacted its investors' confidence.

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