- The E-Toll debacle has long been under debate and Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has put his foot down
- Mboweni insists that the toll system is here to stay, no doubt about it
- Tabling his Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement on Wednesday, Mboweni expanded on his view
It seems as if Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has lost his bid to scrap the controversial e-toll system.
During his Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni revealed that he refuses to abolish the 'user-pay principle'.
Mboweni said that he had considered numerous options to resolve the issue, but had decided the best course of action would be to keep things as they are:
“People must appreciate the service provided and just like they go to Pick n Pay to buy bread, they will pay for the use of this service."
The minister insists that non-compliance over the payment of outstanding fees had already seen roads deteriorating, with no funds available to maintain the network.
Mboweni urged South Africans to pay their bills, saying the country needed to build a culture of payment, reports TimesLIVE.
Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had earlier touched on the same issue while discussing the debt burden facing Eskom.
As for the embattled utility, Mboweni had revealed during his address that the state-owned entity had failed to meet the conditions for further bailouts, adamant that it should be run like the business it is.
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