E-tolls: Mashatile stands firm, promises public will be heard

The ANC held its provincial conference in Centurion at the weekend where it openly opposed e-tolling.

FILE: The ANC held its provincial conference in Centurion at the weekend where it openly opposed e-tolling. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng African National Congress (ANC) chairman Paul Mashatile expects an outcome from a proposal by the e-tolling review panel to national government next month in order to finally resolve the debate surrounding the multi-billion rand system.

The party held its provincial conference in Centurion at the weekend where it openly opposed e-tolling.

Some reports suggested that President Jacob Zuma was upset that the party had taken this position, but Mashatile has refuted this.

He says the views of the public on e-tolling must be heard and taken into account.

"We expect that the proposal that will come from the panel will take us out of this."

Mashatile led the previous Gauteng ANC leadership which backed Kgalema Motlanthe, who was running against Zuma during the governing party's Mangaung elective conference in 2012. Motlanthe lost the race as Zuma retained his presidency of the ANC.

In recent weeks messages from the national Transport Department and the Gauteng government have been at odds over whether the controversial tolling system would remain or be scrapped.