Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula is positive that the one-month deadline to resolve the situation concerning e-tolls is enough time. This comes after the president himself stepped in to break up a squabble between Finance Minister Tito Mboweni and Gauteng Premier David Makhura over the issue, which has been hotly-debated over the past 8 years.
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula believes he can resolve the e-tolls debacle by his August deadline, set by President Cyril Ramaphosa himself.
This is despite Ramaphosa himself having failed to solve the problem during his time as deputy -president.
Mbalula commented on the situation, adamant that in August he would have closed the matter:
“In August, we are closing this matter, we will take it to the president. After we have spoken to all South Africans and told them about what we think and how we should cooperate, we will then inform our people what we have decided."
Mbalula feels that e-tolls are an important area for government to cooperate with citizens, saying that Gauteng residents had opposed the installation of the system, reports The Citizen.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that a squabble between the province's Premier and Finance Minister Tito Mboweni broke out, prompting Ramaphosa to step in. Mboweni had insisted that Gauteng drivers should pay, while Makhura insisted that the system had no future in the region.
Ramaphosa’s spokesperson, Khusela Diko, said: “The president says while the user-pay principle remains the policy of government, e-tolls in the present form have presented challenges.”
Diko dubbed the exchange between Mboweni and Makhura as 'unbecoming', 'unfortunate' and even 'regrettable:
“The government has got appropriate platforms, including Cabinet and other coordinating mechanisms, where different views on such matters may be aired and ultimately reconciled. Social media is not such a platform."
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