Photo: E-toll gantries went live on December 3, 2013.
Gauteng Premier, David Makhura today released the report by the e-tolls assessment panel he established last year to assess the socio-economic impact of e-tolls on Gauteng motorists, this following months of protest from angry motorists.
The most important finding of the report is that those who are carrying the burden of paying for the e-tolls are the middle to lower income classes who have to travel into the core of the economic hub of Johannesburg from the outskirts daily.
Shortly after he was elected to Gauteng ANC Chairperson, Paul Mashatile spoke to 702 announcing the party's intention to have the e-tolls system reviewed.
On Thursday afternoon, Mashatile expressed his pleasure at the panel's report saying:
I am very happy and in fact as the ANC we welcome that report because it has come to the conclusion that the current system is not sustainable and that we must give them new options, and as the ANC we are very happy because we believe that the cries of our people have been listened to that the system is expensive, and they can’t afford it— Gauteng ANC Chairperson, Paul Mashatile
Photo: Gauteng ANC Chairperson, Paul Mashatile. EWN.
Mashatile said that the next step is a meeting of all stakeholders, hosted by the Premier, David Makhura.
He further explained that while the e-tolls system as it exists is not sustainable, stakeholders would have to create alternative solutions to pay for the Gauteng’s Freeway’s and build new roads as well.
Listen to Xolani's conversation with Mashatile regarding the next step in the e-tolls process below: