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DA accuses ANC of backtracking on e-toll

The DA in Gauteng said the ruling party betrayed the people of Gauteng by softening its approach.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng African National Congress (ANC) on Tuesday denied claims by the Democratic Alliance (DA) that it backtracked on its stance on e-tolling in the province.

Gauteng ANC leaders discussed the recommendations of Premier David Makhura's e-toll assessment panel at the weekend.

Among the 50 findings, the report suggested elements of the system be reviewed to establish a hybrid funding model, which the provincial ANC was said to be in support of.

The DA's Neil Campbell said the ruling party betrayed the people of the province by softening its approach to the controversial system.

"In October, they were very strong to say the system must go but now they are coming up with a compromise."

Gauteng ANC spokesperson Nkenke Kekana says the ruling party has always been clear on its position.

"We've come to the conclusion that any system that is put in place has to be affordable. The administration also has to be as simple as possible."

The Gauteng provincial government is still in talks with national government to discuss the best way to deal with e-tolling.

There has been strong opposition to the system from unions, the public, businesses and opposition parties.

The controversial system went live on 3 December, 2013, despite a public outcry and legal wranglings.

Lobby group Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance said 2015 was the year to bring an end to the wasteful expenditure of e-tolls and to realise the system had failed.