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Mbalula doesn’t plan to scrap electronic tolls, DA . says

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has “no plans to get rid of electronic tolls,” Democratic Alliance (DA) says after South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) hikes electronic toll rates by 5% .

On Tuesdays the DA in Gauteng said it was a major “disappointment” over the increase in e-toll rates for motorists in the province.

“This is extremely disappointing as it means the people of Gauteng have been lied to about e-toll charges for the past five years,” reads a statement from party shadow MEC for Roads and Transport Fred Nel.

“Each year since 2018, Transport Minister, Prime Minister David Makhura and MEC for Roads and Transport pledge to abolish the electronic toll.

“This has come to nothing and our residents are still getting electronic toll bills that they can’t pay.”

Nel said the e-toll rates were putting pressure on already taxed motorists, whose budgets were already tight.

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“The DA argues that there is no place for electronic tolls in Gauteng and that they should be removed immediately. It is high time Mbalula made a strong decision on e-tolls.”

He said his party will continue to put pressure on the national and provincial governments to scrap electronic tolls and “we will use all mechanisms at our disposal in all spheres of government to fight electronic tolls”.

Last month, Sanral announced the annual adjustment of rates in line with the consumer price index (CPI).

It states that the CPI percentage used to determine the new rates is 5% and was published in the Government Gazette last month.

Vusi Mona, spokesman, said adjustments were just as important to ensure the agency continued to provide quality roads and services.

“The road agency sympathizes with the South African public given the current state of the economy,” Mona said.

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