- The EFF has renewed calls for e-tolls to be scrapped
- Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has called on people to pay their e-toll tariffs and fines
- Mbalula sees e-tolls as a solution to congestion and a way to promote public transport
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Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has come under fire from the radical political party the EFF (Economic Freedom Fighters) after he publicly voiced his support for e-tolls and called on people to pay their tariff fees.
Mbalula has taken a firm position in favour of e-tolls after years of sitting on the fence on the matter. He cited that e-tolls are necessary to pay for the roads and a means to ease traffic on the roads while promoting the use of public transport.
Briefly.co.za learned that the Transport Minister made these comments after his first-ever ride on the Gautrain on Friday. The EFF is unhappy with Mbalula's statement and has called the Gauteng Premier David Makhura out for breaking his promise on ending e-tolls.
The EFF has called on the people of Gauteng to "take to the streets" in the fight against e-tolls. renewing their calls for the toll system to fall according to thesouthafrican.com.
South Africa's feelings towards e-tolls has not changed and organisations such as OUTA (The Organisation for Undoing Tax Abuse) have also come out with renewed calls for e-tolls to fall and have aligned themselves with the EFF on the issue.
This marks a dramatic u-turn on the Gauteng ANC's policy towards e-tolls, which had previously been in favour of scrapping the system and replacing it with a better solution. Recently, Briefly.co.za covered an article on a report which indicated that the e-tolls should be scrapped.
Another article revealed that a survey showed that half of SA see e-tolls as corrupt and very little could convince them to pay their tariffs and fines.
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