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Outa: Sanral writing off a lot more than their debt

Roads agency Sanral has confirmed it will be scrapping debt of more than R3 billion in unpaid e-tolls.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) says it believes the R3 billion e-toll debt scrapped by South African National Road Agency Limited (Sanral) has been inflated.

Roads agency Sanral has confirmed it will be scrapping debt of more than R3 billion in unpaid e-tolls.

Sanral says it will write off R3.6 billion for the current financial year but will continue attempts to recover unpaid e-tolls by taking defaulters to court.

Outa says that four out of five motorists aren’t paying e-tolls, and that the scheme is simply not working.

Outa’s Wayne Duvenage says: “There are calculations that the three-year-old debt is nothing more than a R1 billion, they have written off R3.5 billion.

“So they’re writing off a lot more than their debt and it pertains to all these tariffs that were applied in the past.”