Opposition MPs slam e-toll system

MP's were responding to Transport Minister Dipuo Peters’ budget vote speech in Parliament.

FILE: Transport Minister Dipuo Peters. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and its contentious e-toll system in Gauteng have been sharply criticised by opposition Members of Parliament (MPs).

On Tuesday, MP's responded to Transport Minister Dipuo Peters' budget vote speech in Parliament.

Democratic Alliance MP Manny de Freitas cited low e-toll revenue collection figures as an example of Sanral's failures.

"The absence of Sanral's ability to enforce the e-toll policy and a growing public anger has reduced the scheme's monthly e-toll revenue collection to around R60 million by the end of February this year, with an estimated 23 percent users paying for the use of freeways."

The Congress of the People (Cope)'s Deidre Carter said having levies and tolls at the same time amounts to double taxation.

"The profits that toll companies will make, if it's true, will be a scandal even greater than Nkandla."