E-tolling has caused a 'high state of confusion'

Cosatu has called for a careful examination of Sanral CEO Nazir Alli.

FILE: Motorists during an e-toll go slow. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says the e-tolling system has led to a "high state of confusion" in Gauteng and has called for a careful examination of South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral)'s chief executive officer (CEO) Nazir Alli.

A special review panel tasked with assessing the impact of the multi-billion rand project has heard how e-tolling has negatively impacted Gauteng motorists.

The panel was appointed by Gauteng Premier David Makhura to assess the impact on motorists and the economy.

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

Cosatu says the transport system in the country is in a state of total chaos.

The trade union federation's Gauteng secretary Dumisani Dakile said the user pay system is not working.

He said Cosatu is demanding that the e-tolling debt be paid back and the consultation process start over.

"Public roads are a necessity and if you can't afford them,you can't use them."

Dakile also took a swipe at Alli.

"There's something wrong with Sanral and I think Alli must be examined."

He said the e-tolling system is one of the most immoral projects signed into law by government next to the arms deal.

Furthermore, Cosatu has submitted proposals to the panel, saying the team should look at alternative methods to pay for the upgrades to Gauteng's freeways through a fuel levy or 1 percent business taxation.

Dakile says a fuel levy would be the best way as it's easier to monitor and the process can start immediately.

Cosatu initially complained about the limited time it was given to prepare for today's meeting with the panel but will now have more time to submit its written documents.

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