Sacci: Businesses facing closure due to high e-toll costs

The chamber says it's conducted a survey and has found that e-tolls are a huge financial strain.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) says it supports the e-tolling system in principle but believes that the administration costs to motorists and companies are just too high.

Sacci has made submissions to a panel, established by Gauteng Premier David Makhura, which is currently holding public hearings in Johannesburg.

The panel has been tasked with assessing the socio-economic impact of the system.

The chamber says it's conducted a survey with motorists and businesses and has found that e-tolls are a huge financial strain to individuals and a threat to companies, with some businesses indicating that they are facing closure because of the gantries.

It says although it supports the system, it's still concerned about the high cost of the gantries.

Meanwhile, former African National Congress (ANC) politician Redge Nkosi, has agreed with the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) that the e-tolling system was doomed from the start.

He made his submission to the panel earlier today.

Nkosi said the party has not been the same since former president Nelson Mandela stepped down as officials within the ANC are now only looking out for themselves and are expecting South Africans to carry the burdens of their bad decisions.

He proposed that government scrap the e-tolling system immediately.

Nkosi said citizens pay tax and government should return the favour by using these funds to provide its people with what they need.

So far, only the Consulting Engineers South Africa is in full support of the project.