ANC: We never called for the scrapping of e-tolls

The party in Gauteng says it’s been firm in its call for alternative funding methods to pay back e-toll debt.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng has reiterated it has never said the e-tolling system must be scrapped, saying it's been firm on its call for alternative funding methods to pay back the province's infrastructure debt.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Tuesday the ruling party in the province had 'backtracked' on its policy on the multibillion rand project.

Last month, Premier David Makhura released the assessment panel's report into the impact of the controversial system on motorists and the economy.

The ANC's Nkenke Kekana says the party's members want to pay for the road upgrades, but another payment method must be explored.

"We have listened to the people of Gauteng and we can assure them that we won't disappoint them."

The DA's Neil Campbell disagrees.

He says the ANC has betrayed the people of the province by backtracking on its stance on the multibillion rand system.

"They're not prepared to stand up to the national and ANC and although their consciences tell them that they should scrap e-tolls, they're not prepared to show that."

All parties will meet on Friday to discuss e-tolling with provincial government.