EFF: E-toll gantries must be physically removed
The party says the multi-billion rand system is not negotiable.
JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says it's opposed to a fuel levy to fund the e-tolling system.
The party said the system must be scrapped and the gantries physically removed.
Political parties have started making submissions to the e-tolls assessment panel set up by Gauteng Premier David Makhura.
The EFF and the Democratic Alliance were among the parties to make their submission to the panel yesterday.
The EFF says the multi-billion rand system i s not negotiable and the gantries must simply be removed.
The party says its members are ready to roll up their sleeves.
The party's Mgcini Tshwaku says a fuel levy, which has been widely suggested during submissions to the panel by other affected parties, would just be another burden on residents.
"We're currently experiencing a point where the fuel is uncontrollably increasing."
The party believes wasteful expenditure by government departments must be addressed in order to pay back the debt for the new roads.
"People are not saying they don't want to pay but they are saying this one, the way it's designed, is problematic, expensive and creating problems. Let's look at another method."
The e-tolling system went live on 3 December after months of legal wrangling, protests and calls for civil disobedience.
'TOLLS HAVE FAILED '
The DA told the e-toll 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 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.