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Sanral to meet with e-toll review panel

Sanral will meet with the review panel for the first time today to defend the system.

FILE. Roads agency Sanral will meet with the e-tolls review panel for the first time today, to defend the system. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is expected to meet with the Gauteng e-tolls review panel for the first time today, to defend the system.

In less than a month's time, the panel is expected to submit its final report to Premier David Makhura.

It has been tasked with assessing the socio-economic impact of the multibillion rand project, which was implemented almost a year ago.

The Transport Department's Tiyani Rikhotso says Sanral wants to set the record straight and clarify false information and perceptions about the project.

"We need to close those information gaps that may be existing."

Rikhotso says Sanral wants to win back the public's trust.

"We've had so many opportunities in the past to do so. We've been through various court processes and all of that, but we believe that this is another opportunity for us."

This system has been widely opposed by the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa), the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and various unions, including the African National Congress (ANC) in the province.

Last month a group of anti-e-tolls protestors set alight unpaid e-toll bills in front of Sanral's offices in Pretoria.