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EFF: E-toll panel a tool for ANC

The board has been tasked with examining the socio-economic impact of the system.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Thursday questioned the credibility of the e-tolls assessment panel.

The party said the panel is being used as a tool by the African National Congress (ANC).

The board was tasked with examining the socio-economic impact of the multi-billion rand project on Gauteng motorists and the province's economy.

The EFF is the latest party to add its voice to the chorus calling for the system to be scrapped.

The party's Mgcini Tshwaku called the system an absolute waste of money and time.

"We have a government that is full of lazy thinkers. We won't be surprised if they start consulting sangomas just to make an obvious and simple decision."

But the panel was quick to clarify that experts are acting independently.

The EFF also slated the ANC-led government for the poor conditions of public transport, which left motorists with no other option but to use the tolled roads.

'TOLLS HAVE FAILED '

The Democratic Alliance (DA) told the e-tolls assessment panel that the user-pay system is not working and that the system failed.

It also said more money needs to be invested in public transport.

The DA is the latest affected party to propose a fuel levy to replace the current system.

The party's Neil Campbell argued that government needs to start prioritising the maintenance of roads.

From next week, all the information collected will be analysed before the panel makes recommendations.

The process is expected to wrap up before the end of October.