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Scrap e-tolls or we'll take action, Msimanga warns Makhura

E-toll gantries went live more than five years ago, but were met with fierce resistance. The opposition continues to grow and is being fuelled by mixed messages from those in power.

FILE: DA Gauteng caucus leader Solly Msimanga at a press conference on 18 January. Picture: Kayleen Morgan/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Democratic Alliance (DA) Gauteng caucus leader Solly Msimanga on Monday said Premier David Makhura must take steps to eliminate e-tolls or the DA would take action.

“We are giving the premier until the end of August to come up with a concrete plan and open statement. If he is not going to do that, we are going to table a motion in the legislature that he must lodge an inter-governmental dispute or we will take this matter on review,” he said.

Msimanga was responding to Makhura’s State of the Province Address (Sopa), where the premier said e-tolls would be going soon. He said the DA was not convinced that the African National Congress (ANC) would follow through on this commitment.

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E-toll gantries went live more than five years ago, but were met with fierce resistance. The opposition continues to grow and is being fuelled by mixed messages from those in power.

In March, the South African National Road Agency Limited suspended the collection of e-tolls debt which included historic debt and summonses issued from 2015.

Meanwhile, the DA has always criticised the ANC for not scrapping the system by now, as promised by its leadership in the province.

Msimanga said Makhura was claiming private sector successes as his own, but he presented nothing that he had done.

He said the premier should have come prepared to present plans during his Sopa and not ask for 100 days to do so.

“We get more of what the private sector has been doing, which he wants to claim as his own,” he said.

Msimanga said Makhura didn’t offer investors policy certainty on the issue of land and he said he was disappointed nothing was said about the recent unrest in Alexander, as well as, the township’s renewal project.

_Additional reporting by Mia Lindeque. _