E-toll panel: Political parties to make submissions

The panel is now preparing to receive submissions from political parties in Gauteng's Legislature.

An e-toll sign on the N1 in Johannesburg. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng e-tolls assessment panel is now preparing to start receiving submissions from political parties, regarding the implementation of the multi-billion rand project.

The panel, which was set up by Gauteng Premier David Makhura in July, has to assess the socio-economic impact on motorists and come up with recommendations before the end of November.

The panel concluded its last public consultation process on Friday.

Gauteng government spokesperson Thabo Masebe says, "The panel will continue with consultations but the focus will now be with political parties. The panel will meet with all the political parties that are represented in the Gauteng Legislature. Thereafter they will sit down and look at all the evidence collected."

Meanwhile, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has said she has no duty to implement the findings of the provincial panel.

Motorists and bikers against the e-tolling system drove through the streets of Johannesburg this morning, protesting against the implementation of tolling project.

The main purpose of the drive was to get motorists to sign a petition, which will be handed to the minister's office next week, urging her to listen to the reassessment panel and motorists.

The Justice Project South Africa's Howard Dembovsky says, "We're urging her to stop being dramatic, to start listening to the people and also to the panel. The memorandum is going to be handed to the Department of Transport next week."