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E-toll bills war: ANC vs. DA

2013-10-11 10:20

e-TOLL 'RIP OFF': E-tolls will be operational by December 2013 but the DA claims the ANC is misleading the public about likely bills. Image: SAPA

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'The enforcement and administration of e-tolling is inefficient and grossly flawed.' This video explains why Gauteng e-tolls make no sense.

e-tolling will kick off soon but the fight is on-going with the voters up in arms and the Democratic Alliance in full attack mode on the ANC for ploughing ahead with its plans.

Johannesburg - The Gauteng public and the Democratic Alliance are fighting on to crush roads e-tolling that's now scheduled to go live as soon as December 2013 after being signned of by the president, Jacob Zuma.

The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) has said 83% of drivers would pay no more than R100 a month but does anybody actually believe this? Certainly not Wheels24, and the Democratic Alliance agrees with us by saying the ANC and Sanral are misleading the public and that such a high figure is not possible.

INCORRECT PRICES?

None of the DA's calculations add up to the minimum amount. With elections looming the e-tolling row will likely count against the current government, come voting time. At least for those not hidebound by ANC rhetoric.

The national transport department on Thursday refuted the Democratic Alliance's claims and said the e-tolls costs were correct and based on e-tagged users’ frequency as recorded by Sanral's toll-roads traffic scanners.

Meanwhile, the DA will continue to fight against open-road tolling as a solution to pay for road upgrades and maintenance in Gauteng. The party is responsible for billboards along the N1 and N3 highways through Gauteng which read “E-tolls. Proudly brought to you by the ANC”. Earlier this week News24 reported that the billboards would remain up for now.

Here’s what the two parties had to say on Thursday:

DA: Public being misled on e-tolls
Transport dept: 'Prove us wrong, DA'

To which Wheels24 suggests to the DA: Get an independent expert to analyse Sanral's alleged data and get to the truth. If indeed such data exists. Then either the DA or the ANC can stop telling lies.

Meanwhile, take a look at this remarkable video that puts things pretty much in black and white...

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