Opposition parties slam new e-tolls model

The EFF and DA rejected the changes announced by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday.

FILE: The EFF and DA rejected the changes announced by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) have come out sharply against the new e-toll funding model.

Both parties rejected the changes announced by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday which will see motorists in Gauteng paying significantly less for using the system.

Ramaphosa announced a raft of changes including a 50 percent reduction in the monthly cap for light motor vehicle users.

"This new dispensation demonstrates that we are a listening, responsive, caring and responsible government."

To ensure people pay their toll fees, a decision has been taken to withhold vehicle licence discs if accounts are not settled.

EFF Member of Parliament (MP) Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said motorists should not have to pay to use public roads.

"The best announcement that our people would have expected is that there would have been a total eradication of having to pay for our public roads."

DA leader Mmusi Maimane said the fight against e-tolls continues.

"We will be tabling a Private Members Bill so that we can make sure that we contest legislation and the authority it gives the state to implement e-tolls."

But African National Congress (ANC) spokesperson Moloto Mothapo said opposition parties are just blowing hot air.

"They have been disarmed because they have been using the issue of the toll gate as a political tool."

He said the new e-toll model shows the ANC-led government cares about the public.