Makhura slated for avoiding e-toll announcement

The DA's John Moodey said it was an obvious elephant in the room during the premier’s Sopa on Monday.

File: Gauteng Premier David Makhura. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Opposition parties in the Gauteng Legislature have slated Premier David Makhura for failing to address the e-tolling issue when he delivered his State of the Province Address (Sopa) on Monday.

National and provincial governments are still in talks to determine how motorists are going to help pay back the debt for the upgraded roads.

Makhura promised there would be an announcement on the way forward regarding e-tolls by the end of this month.

Opposition parties, meanwhile, said they were disappointed with the fact that the premier didn't announce the final decision on e-tolling during his Sopa.

The DA's John Moodey said it was an obvious elephant in the room on Monday.

He said that a referendum should be held with the people of Gauteng and the premier should take the results back to his counterparts.

The EFF's Mandisa Mashego also wasn't happy with the lack of details surrounding e-tolling.

"We have evidence that they presented nothing but lies, because last year the premier presented another string of empty promises that were unrealistic in terms of achievement."

Makhura however hinted in his speech that there would be "major financial relief" for motorists once the final decision is announced.