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Elimination of E-tolls After Delays Angers Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng

The elimination of e-tolls after delays has angered the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng.

The system was originally scheduled to be turned off in December of last year, but the provincial and federal governments failed to complete a memorandum of agreement by then.

This comes after Enoch Godongwana, the finance minister, stated in his medium-term budget presentation last year that the national Treasury would cover 70% of the R47 billion debt owed by e-tolls.

Despite significant delays in the system’s signing off, Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi continues to stick by his promise that e-tolls will become obsolete.

The DA claimed that Lesufi’s vow to complete the deactivation of the gantries by the end of this year was nothing more than an empty pledge that was probably going to fall through once more.

The party claimed that because of the national government’s present financial challenges, which are preventing Treasury from paying 70% of Sanral’s e-toll debt, Gauteng motorists were still being invoiced.

The Organization Undoing Tax Abuse has also expressed its disappointment with the government’s failure to keep its commitment, in the meantime.