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Nazir Alli blames media for Sanral's public image

Alli says false information about e-tolls and Sanral is being spread by the media.

South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) CEO Nazir Alli. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) Chief Executive Officer Nazir Alli is pointing his fingers at the media for creating false public perceptions about the agency.

He's slated a newspaper report from this morning, claiming that the organisation is broke.

The e-toll review panel will continue hearing submissions in Pretoria today about the impact of the controversial system in Gauteng.

Alli says false information about its multibillion rand system and company is being spread by the media and this has had a negative impact on its operations.

He says this morning's newspaper report, calling the agency broke, was 'deliberate' and 'uncalled for'.

"How do we change the perception? It's all over the news. And to deliberately not check the facts and turn around and call our minister a liar and deliberately misleading the public, I think it's totally unfair."

Sanral has also clarified it's willing to acknowledge where it's made mistakes, but insists it consulted extensively with the public before introducing e-tolls in Gauteng.

The controversial project was launched in December last year amid protests from the Congress of South African Trade Unions, the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance, private companies and members of the public.