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SA Union Slates Transport Minister For Rejecting e-Toll Review

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South Africa’s biggest union federation, Cosatu, on Tuesday slated Transport Minister, Dipuo Peters, for saying there would be no review of Gauteng’s most hated e-toll government project.

South Africa’s e-tolls are only situated in Gauteng, the country’s richest province where Johannesburg is situated.

Cosatu called on Peters to give Gauteng’s e-tolls review panel a chance to do their work without any interference from government officials.
“We call… upon the minister of transport to afford an opportunity to the review panel to undertake its task and also for her to respect such a process,” Sapa quoted Coisatu’s provincial secretary, Dumisani Dakile, as having said.

“We further call upon the minister to desist from counter-revolutionary comments which does (sic) not help and or assist the process to resolve this immoral and draconian e-tolling system,” he was quoted as further saying.

Peters, speaking in a radio interview yesterday, reportedly claimed that the Gauteng panel would not be allowed to make its submissions to her. She reportedly said there would be no review of the “user-pays principle.”

In July this year, the newly-appointed Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, appointed a panel of 15 individuals to assess the socioeconomic impact of e-tolls in the province.

The panel is currently assessing the impact of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project on the economy and on the province’s residents.

It has been inviting proposals and submissions from Gauteng residents on proposed solutions. The panel would submit its finding and recommendations to the provincial government in November this year.


Article Credit: Ventures-africa

Updated 4 Years ago

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