Outa condemns Sanral e-toll texts

Wayne Duvenage says Sanral is sending the wrong kind of message about e-tolls.

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JOHANNESBURG - The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) says it understands that the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) has started sending out texts telling people that action will be taken against them if they don't pay their e-toll bills.

Outa claims the texts are threatening.

Earlier this year deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa said a deal he had reached with the Gauteng provincial government would see the toll fees on the highways between Johannesburg and Pretoria reduced.

Outa's Wayne Duvenage says Sanral is sending the wrong kind of message.

"It's an intimidating message saying 'here's the money you owe us, here's the discount you will get if you pay now'."

Duvenage says it is clear that the roads agency is now very worried.

"They have been panicking for some time as the dispensation of a 60 percent discount only attracted a 1 percent uptake."