- The ANC in Gauteng has resolved to scrap the controversial and much-hated e-tolling system in the province
- The newly elected ANC Gauteng leadership announced that a task team would be established to expedite the matter
- Gauteng Premier and provincial chairperson David Makhura revealed that only 29% of motorists actually paid their e-toll bills in 2017
The African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng has resolved to scrap the controversial and much-hated e-tolling system in the province. The resolution was adopted at the party’s provincial conference in Pretoria on Sunday.
The newly elected ANC Gauteng leadership announced that it would establish a task team to expedite the matter in order to comply with the will of the people of the province.
Gauteng provincial secretary Jacob Khawe told delegates at the conference that the province had overwhelmingly resolved that e-tolls must fall.
Briefly.co.za gathered that newly elected Gauteng deputy chairperson Panyaza Lesufi said the people of the province had made it abundantly clear that e-tolls needed to go.
He said the leaders could not ignore the will of the people and it was their duty to act upon the mandate which had been given to the leaders at the conference.
SowetanLive.co.za reported that e-tolls have been highly-unpopular since their introduction in 2013. Motorists accused the provincial government of implementing the system without completing the proper consultation process.
Opposition parties in Gauteng have been fighting to have the system scrapped for a number of years and will likely welcome the move.
ANC provincial chairperson and current Gauteng premier David Makhura admitted in February that the e-toll system had been an abject failure less than a third (29%) of road users paying their e-toll bills in 2017.
The ANC in Gauteng has also resolved to find ways of alleviating the skyrocketing cost of living which is threatening millions of households in the province. The province also resolved to support land expropriation without compensation.
The provincial structure of the ANC wants this process to benefit the people of Gauteng. Delegates also tasked the new provincial leaders with stamping out corruption in the provincial government.
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