ANC to make representations at etoll review panel

The newly-elected leadership of the Gauteng ANC will makes its representations today.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng African National Congress (ANC) is expected to tell the etolls review panel that it wants the current system to be scrapped when it's newly-elected leadership makes its representations.

Earlier this month the party took a strong stance against the controversial system by rejecting the current form of bill collection and proposed a fuel levy instead.

The panel was set up by Premier David Makhura who was recently appointed as ANC Deputy Provincial Chairman.

Thus far the panel has heard overwhelming opposition to the system.

Although the ANC has refused to speculate what its submissions will be at the panel this morning, it's almost clear it will be based on the mandate given by members at its elective conference.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Democratic Alliance (DA) opposed the implementation of the multibillion rand project when they appeared before the panel last week.

But the two main opposition parties in the province do not agree with each other on a fuel levy as an alternative to the system.

The EFF says motorists are already struggling to keep up with the current fuel price while the DA believes a national fuel levy if reinforced, will be the best way to pay for the fuel model.

During its submission to the panel last week, the EFF's Julius Mdluli said if government cut down on corruption, it would be able to afford to pay back the debt for the roads and cancel the multibillion rand contract.

"We're calling for them to remove etolls. They don't serve any purpose."

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