According to Solly Msimanga, Democratic Alliance (DA) parliament member in Gauteng and and provincial legislature caucus leader, e-tolls would continue to be part of motorists’ lives in the province. This is according to Premier David Makhura.
In a statement, Msimanga said it seemed as if the ANC was compromising on its initial position and big business may have to foot the bill in the end. Only once the cost of R20 billion for road improvements were settled could the e-tolls be scrapped.
Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni said that users of e-tolls had to pay. Msimang made it clear in the caucus meeting that the DA is against the e-tolls and considered it unfair to motorists. In the statement to the media, the DA said that e-tolls should be scrapped and instead the fuel levy should be used to fund e-tolls. Had this been done initially this would have been able to pay off the R20-billion cost of the road improvements. However, the fuel levy is being used to bail out State Owned Enterprises (SOEs)’such as Eskom, Denel and the SAA.