Outa: Govt will have to cave in & scrap e-tolls at some stage

Outa yesterday launched under the name Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse.

Wayne Duvenhage. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) says at some stage government will have to cave in and scrap e-tolls.

Yesterday, Outa officially launched its new name with the focus to be expanded to address issues including carbon tax, and more recently Eskom's application to hike electricity tariffs.

The organisation says it's conducted research, which is based on 11 case studies and shows how government was meant to cap its spending on e-tolls at R7 billion, and spending on the Gauteng freeway project was overpriced by 321 percent.

Outa's Wayne Duvenage says the organisation will continue to apply pressure on government to scrap e-tolls.

As Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan prepares to present his 2016 Budget speech tomorrow, Duvenage says issues around maladministration and corruption should also be a high priority.

Yesterday Gauteng Premier David Makhura, during his State of the Province Address, said e-tolls had improved roads in the province.