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'Gauteng motorists need to accept e-tolls'

Dipuo Peters says while debate is encouraged in South Africa, lawlessness will not be tolerated.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters says while e-tolling is not the perfect solution, Gauteng motorists should obey the law and accept that its implementation was above board.

Peters has come out strongly in defence of government's decision to toll the province's highways during her opening remarks at the Gauteng e-tolls review panel in Pretoria.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura established the panel to look at the economic and social impact of e-tolls on the province.

The minister said the controversial system came out of thorough consultation and has been approved by six courts.

She said while debate is encouraged in South Africa, lawlessness will not be tolerated.

"E-tolling is lawful and organised labour, political parties, interest groups and the public must try and understand that."

Treasury is scheduled to make representations to the panel tomorrow and the South African National Roads Agency Limited on Thursday.

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