DA demands a referendum on e-tolls

The party has criticised government’s proposed remedial action and says the system must be shelved.

Democratic Alliance members chanting during their picket outside the office of Gauteng Premier David Makhura on 4 March 2015. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Democratic Alliance (DA) members have gathered outside the Gauteng Legislature this morning calling for an end to e-tolling.

In his State of the Province Address last month, Premier David Makhura promised financial relief to address the economic impact of the controversial system.

However, the party says it wants to see a complete scrapping of the tolls.

Hundreds of DA supporters gathered outside Makhura's offices in Johannesburg, demanding that a referendum be held on e-tolls.

The party has criticised government's proposed remedial action and says the system must be shelved.

While there appear to be no plans from government to do away with e-tolls, Makhura has announced intention to provide addition financial support to redress the effect of the system on Gauteng's motorist.

However, the opposition party says government owes it to residents to hold a referendum asking a simple question: whether or not the province wants the e-tolls.