Sanral dubs e-tolls a 'masterpiece'

Sanral said e-tolls is a 'masterpiece' which is the best model in both "theory and practice".

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

PRETORIA - The e-tolls assessment panel has heard the multibillion rand project is a "masterpiece" which is the best model in both "theory and practice".

The panel conducted its last sitting at its head offices in Pretoria yesterday with South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) submitting arguments in favour of e-tolls.

It will now start compiling its final report to be handed to Gauteng Premier David Makhura.

Transport economist Roelf Botha who made submissions to the panel on behalf of Sanral, says some groups are only opposed to the e-toll system because it's politically unpopular.

"The debate must become a little less emotional and more quantifiable and objective. Look at the facts."

He also lashed out at the Congress of South African Trade Unions, saying it must remember it doesn't run the country.

Last month, the trade union federation, Outa and bikers set alight its e-toll bills outside Sanral's head office.

Botha also told the panel those who don't pay their e-toll bills or make use of public transport must "shut-up" and not participate in the e-tolls debate, but later retracted his comments.

Assessment panel chairperson Muxe Nkondo told Sanral that its submissions praising the system, differs very much from public sentiment.

Nkondo says the roads agency's overall submissions were "impressive" although they might not agree with some of the details.