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E-tolls receiving urgent attention from national govt, says Makhura

Sanral’s failed e-tolling project has been in place for over five years now with no clear indication on how the system, with debt exceeding R40 billion, will be financed.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura delivers his last State of the Province Address at Alberton Civic Centre, Ekurhuleni, on 18 February 2019. Picture: @GautengProvince/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier David Makhura says urban tolling is unsustainable and government has teams working to find a solution to the failed system.

Makhura was speaking at the Alberton Civic Centre in Ekurhuleni where he’s delivered his last State of the Province Address before South Africans head to the polls in May.

The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral)’s failed e-tolling project has been in place for over five years now with no clear indication on how the system, with debt exceeding R40 billion, will be financed.

Makhura says it’s clear that the system is not viable.

“Urban tolling is unsustainable because it increases the cost of living.”

He says the matter is receiving urgent attention from national government.

“President Cyril Ramaphosa has reassured me again that the resolution of e-tolls is one of the issues that are receiving his urgent national attention.”

Gauteng residents, civil society and trade unions have spent the past few years calling for e-tolls to be scrapped.

Makhura has also used his Sopa to assure citizens that government is committed to cracking down on corruption and holding those responsible for the Life Esidimeni tragedy accountable.

The premier announced a process to review all government contracts with Bosasa following shocking revelations of corruption at the Zondo commission.

“The allegations coming from the Zondo commission of inquiry are too serious to be ignored.”

Makhura has also assured the families of the victims of the Life Esidimeni tragedy that they will all be compensated, adding that implicated officials will be dealt with.

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)

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