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Gauteng ANC still concerned over e-toll costs

The party in the province however says it’s not calling for the tolling system to be scrapped.

FILE: Gauteng Premier David Makhura. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng says it will again engage national government about concerns over e-tolls, but is not calling for them to be scrapped.

The Provincial General Council was held in Irene at the weekend.

On the agenda was the party's election campaign and also assessing the state of the organisation in the province.

Deputy Chairperson of the PGC David Makhura says e-tolls are still unaffordable for many Gauteng residents.

"The feedback we are still getting from people is that the cost of e-tolls and the negative impact is far from having been mitigated."

The PGC agreed that there is a need to toll some roads but it has to be affordable for road users.

Gauteng ANC Chairperson Paul Mashatile says, "Many of our people and small businesses are trying to come into the economic hub and that is where they get affected, by these toll roads."

Mashatile said the PGC would like to see a cheaper model for e-tolls.