Outa expects Nene's budget to tackle Sanral's debt

But Outa says this move by the Finance Minister will not solve the e-tolling problem.

FILE: E-tolls on a Gauteng road. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) says it expects Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene to give a significant amount of Treasury's money to the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to pay back its debt.

But warns it will not solve the e-tolling problem.

Nene is expected to outline this year's budget in Parliament this afternoon.

In 2012, his predecessor Pravin Gordhan announced e-tolls would be implemented, but at a much lower cost to motorists.

But Outa's John Clarke says three years later Gauteng residents are still burdened with the same e-toll issues.

"We actually like that there is a recognition that the National Treasury has to come on board and deal with it. It's the only way to get to grips with this problem, scrap it and let's go back to the drawing board in a proper public engagement process that should have happened in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008."

Nene faces the most difficult speech since the dawning of democracy in South Africa more than 20 years ago as he will be stuck with tough choices.

With load shedding, labour disputes and unemployment plaguing the country's economy, it is reported that Nene will need an extra R12 billion to fund this year's budget.

Questions are now being asked whether or not the finance minister will raise taxes to make up the funds.

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