Gauteng ANC to convince govt of e-toll failure

ANC Gauteng chairman, Paul Mashatile, says the ANC will have one voice on the matter.

FILE: Gauteng ANC chairman Paul Mashatile. Picture: ANC.

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng believes it will be able to persuade national government the e-toll system is not working.

The party has appeared before the Gauteng e-tolls review panel where it opposed the multibillion rand project.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura set up the panel to investigate the impact of e-tolls on motorists earlier this year.

Although the ANC supports a user-pay system, some branches believe a fuel levy or vehicle license fee will be better options to pay for the e-toll debt and future infrastructure.

ANC's Gauteng chair Paul Mashatile says it's too early to determine what the next step should be for the party's provincial structures if it fails to convince the panel or the national leadership that the system is not working.

Mashatile maintains solution to the e-tolling matter will be found.

"The premier has already a meeting with the deputy president and the minister of transport in line with the conference resolution that the ANC must speak with one voice. So that is under control."

The ANC has however urged motorists to continue paying their e-toll bills although it is opposed to the system.