South African motorists have had the last laugh in the e-tolls debacle as Sanral called off plans to blacklist drivers for outstanding debts. This followed a directive handed down from President Cyril Ramaphosa, calling a truce with Gauteng citizens at long last.
Sanral has finally thrown in the towel and giving up trying to milk Gauteng road users for e-toll debts.
This breakthrough came after a directive handed down from President Cyril Ramaphosa himself, putting an end to the battle between motorists and the state.
According to The South African, Sanral confirmed that they would no longer take legal action against defaulters, despite nearly 4 000 summonses being handed out.
In a statement issued yesterday, the agency hinted that they may withdraw their decision but, for now at least, the coast is clear:
“No new summonses will be applied for. This decision will be constantly monitored by the board and reviewed according to prevailing circumstances. Sanral is an agency of government and remains committed to delivering on its mission of a safe, efficient, reliable and resilient national road transport system for the benefit of all the people of South Africa.”
Although e-toll fees will still be payable, it seems that the government is caving in to public demand. However, with election season in full swing, time will tell if this new development will hold true.
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