Mboweni "unhappy" with Sanral decision not to pursue e-toll debt

Mboweni "unhappy" with Sanral decision not to pursue e-toll debt

- Tito Mboweni said Sanral's decision would have a negative affect on the economy

- He said that the Sanral board should never have been allowed to make such a decision

- He added that it would hurt the fiscus and the country's credit rating

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Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has slammed Sanral's decision not to pursue those who have outstanding e-toll debt.

Mboweni said the decision will have dramatic financial consequences and demanded that it be reversed.

He said it undermined the "user must pay" principle of his budget speech.

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This follows Sanral's announcement on Wednesday that it would not be pursuing historic e-toll debt. 

Mboweni said he was "very unhappy" with the decision and called it "careless", Briefly.co.za has learned. He went on to claim that this will negatively affect the fiscus and South Africa's credit rating.

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This is the latest flare-up in weeks of tension and complaints regarding e-tolls. Last week, several credit agencies announced that they would not blacklist people's credit scores based on e-toll debt.

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The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse has also been vocal in its criticism of the entire e-toll model in recent weeks. Following Sanral's decision this week, OUTA called for the entire e-toll system to be undone, according to Eyetwitness News.

The DA has also made e-tolls one of its key campaign issues, with the party pledging to scrap e-tolls if elected.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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