In an interview with 702 radio, newly elected deputy chairperson of the African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng, Panyaza Lesufi, promised to terminate the e-toll system with immediate effect.
The decision follows after an intense discussion at the ANC provincial conference at the weekend.
In the interview, Lesufi explained that the ANC have decided to terminate the e-toll system immediately, and just have to figure out proper procedure regarding the removal of the system.
Speaking to Karima Brown, Lesufi admitted the failure of e-tolls.
“The reality is these E-tolls are unpopular with our people and as a popular movement, how do we go the opposite direction of that particular feeling? We have taken a decision, let those E-tolls be terminated and let the team that will manage this process engage on those modalities to check the costs, the running and all other related matters.”
Earlier this year, Business Tech reported that the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL), responsible for the e-toll system, was sitting with R9.2 billion in unpaid bills, with the amount growing by R230 million every month.
Despite the ANC saying e-tolls will be scrapped immediately, the would first have to win the ballot box at next year’s General Elections, mainly in the Gauteng region.
In order to overthrow the e-tolling system, all government structures concerned will need to be convinced – this may be easier said than done.