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Not all Gauteng municipalities have registered e-tags

The Department of Transport says there are municipalities with massive outstanding bills.

FILE: An e-toll gantry on the N1 in Johannesburg. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Transport has revealed some municipalities in Gauteng have not registered any official vehicles with e-tags, while others have massive outstanding bills to the tune of thousands of rands and one of close to R2 million.

This emerged through parliamentary questions posed by the Democratic Alliance (DA).

The department also states that there are municipalities with outstanding invoices, but that these might still be in the process of being paid.

The Emfuleni local municipality has no cars registered with an e-tag, but has an outstanding bill of more than R127,000.

The Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality has two accounts, which together for R1,8 million of outstanding payments.

The DA's Manny de Freitas said, "What was surprising to me is that local authorities aren't paying for e-tolls and my interpretation is that not only aren't they paying e-tolls, but they are also participating in the peaceful campaign against e-tolls."

However, the Transport Department has defended Gauteng municipalities who owe Sanral more than R2 million in unpaid e-toll bills, saying they'll receive a 60 percent discount.

The Tshwane municipality has 740 vehicles registered with e-tags but still hasn't settled its R351,000 debt.

The department's Tiyani Rikhotso said, "It's the responsibility of individuals and institutions to honour their financial obligations. I don't think it should be a burden on the minister of transport to remind people of their obligations."

Meanwhile, de Freitas says government is "blatantly unfair" by expecting citizens to do something they themselves are not prepared to.

"It's a real concern and it's another example of how this system should be scrapped and revised."

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