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E-tolls: Transport minister urged to ‘listen’

Motorists have called on Dipuo Peters to listen to calls against e-tolling.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng motorists and bikers say Transport Minister Dipuo Peters must listen to the numerous calls against e-tolls instead of simply deciding for people.

Motorists says it's time government understands how democracy works and that government cannot force motorist to pay for something they don't want.

Earlier this month, Peters said she had no obligation to implement the recommendations of a provincial e-toll assessment panel.

The assessment panel is currently working on determining the effect of the multi-billion rand project on motorists and the economy.

Justice Project South Africa's Howard Dembovsky says, "They make the decisions and we just fall under their decisions. That is not democracy, that is a dictatorship. You have 10 people making a decision for millions of people, it doesn't work that way."

Motorists and bikers signed a petition against the implementation of e-tolls on Saturday.

It will be handed over to the transport minister's office this week.

Early on Saturday, motorists drove through the streets of Johannesburg, gaining more signatures for the petition.

Dembovsky says, "We've not had an official update from the South African National Roads Agency Limited or the minister of transport since 31 May. If they had been successful in collecting a whole heap of money, I am sure they would have come and trumpeted it from the rooftops."