- Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says that there is no easy solution to the e-toll issue
- He says that scrapping e-tolls leaves behind the issue of GFIP
- Mbalula added that government was seeking a "win-win" way of addressing the problem
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says that the issue of getting rid of e-tolls is a "hard debate".
He says it would be difficult for government to do away with the system at this point as the debt from the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) has not yet been paid off.
Mbalula also said that SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) cannot afford to borrow any more funds, placing government in a difficult situation.
Mbalula made the comments at Southern African Transport Conference on Monday. He was responding to the widespread call for e-tolls to be abolished.
Additionally, the trasport minister says that Cyril Ramaphsa has established a task team to look into the matter of e-tolls, according to The Citizen. According to Mbalula, this team will make a recommendation by the end of August.
However, no matter what the team reports, it seems there are few easy solutions regarding e-tolls.
As Mbalula says, if e-tolls are scrapped, "the debt is not going to go away". Nevertheless, pressure on government to act on e-tolls is mounting, as the system is becoming more and more unpopular.
It has even led to divisions within the ANC, with Gauteng Premier David Makhura and Finance Minister Tito Mboweni getting into an argument on Twitter over e-tolls.
Makhura proposed that they be removed, but Mboweni argued that they should remain, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
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