The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng has expressed frustration regarding the delays in the scrapping of e-tolls.
EWN reports that the deactivation of the e-toll system, initially scheduled for December of the previous year, has faced setbacks as the provincial and national governments have missed the deadline for finalising a memorandum of understanding.
During his medium-term budget statement, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana announced that the national Treasury would assume responsibility for 70% of the R47 billion e-toll debt.
Despite prolonged delays in resolving the system, Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi remains committed to discontinuing the e-tolls.
The DA has criticised Lesufi’s promise to resolve the gantries’ deactivation by the current year’s end, viewing it as an empty commitment that may likely remain unfulfilled.
The party has noted that Gauteng motorists continue to be billed due to the financial constraints of the national government, which hinder the settlement of 70% of the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral) e-toll debt by the Treasury.
Furthermore, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse has also expressed disappointment over the government’s inability to fulfil its promise to scrap the e-tolls.
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