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Gauteng ANC rejects e-tolling in current form

The ANC says its members have resolved to ask the party's leadership to implement a fuel levy instead.

The ANC in Gauteng held its 12th conference in Centurion at the weekend. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng has rejected e-tolling in its current form and says its members have resolved to ask the party's national leadership to implement a fuel levy instead.

The party held its 12th conference in Centurion at the weekend where delegates from the West Rand, Tshwane, Johannesburg and the Vaal debated issues such as e-tolling, black ownership of the economy and the 2016 elections.

The rejection of the controversial system happened while Gauteng Premier David Makhura's review panel continues hearing submissions on the system's viability.

Gauteng ANC chair Paul Mashatile says over 1,000 delegates reached a consensus on e-tolls.

"We don't support e-tolling in its current form."

Makhura says the ANC's National Executive Committee will be consulted on the resolution before any decision is taken at government-level.

"It's an issue that should be managed by both national and provincial leadership."

The decision to reject the system is likely to widen the rift between Makhura and the Department of Transport but the premier says the ANC's national structure is keen to review it.

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