Mbalula under pressure by the Gauteng ANC to act on e-tolls

By Doug Mattushek - 01 June 2019Views : 177


Newly appointed Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula, is under pressure to abolish e-tolls in the province of Gauteng...

 David Makhura, the Gauteng Premier has made his stance on e-tolls pretty clear. At a press conference yesterday he reiterated this position. By saying that he had appointed Transport MEC Jacob Mamabola in a bid to do away with e-tolls.

"I am confident that in Gauteng we will look to a future without e-tolls. Urban tolling cannot work… to toll a compact and small area like our province creates big problems. The cost is enormous for that," said Makhura.
 
The Premier also said that he is discussing the issue with President Cryil Ramaphosa. According to reports at EWN, Makhura expressed that:
 
"And I want to say it again, e-tolls are not off my agenda and we have done a lot. I hope that the campaign is over, and it won’t be a temptation to politicise it, it will be resolved like any other policy issue."
 
Also coming out in support of doing away with the e-tolls and putting pressure on Mbablula is the ANC's Ekurhuleni region. The branch congratulated his appointment as minister of transport but also made a statement regarding the controversial e-tolls.
 
"However, the REC wishes to draw the attention of Fikile Mbalula to the continuing e-toll saga in Gauteng. The REC wishes to highlight the need for the new minister of transport and the MEC of public transport and road infrastructure, Jacob Mamabolo, to pay urgent attention to e-tolls."
 
This isn't the first time the ANC in Gauteng, has expressed the disapproval of e-tolls. In an open letter to the President in February, written by the ANC Gauteng secretary Jacob Khawe. They made their stance on the issue clear:
 
"This, coupled with regular increases in fuel costs, drives up the cost of doing business and disproportionately diminishes the disposable incomes of both the middle strata and poor households,"he said.
 
In November last year, Makhura led thousands of ANC members-marching with the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu), the South African Communist Party, civic society organisation such as the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa), and members of the public - to the Union Buildings calling for e-tolls to be scrapped.
 
He said the majority of people who drove past the e-tolls daily were the working class and middle class South Africans.