It is Unfair for Joburg Residents to be Burdened with Paying – tolls, says Mamabolo

Gauteng government has made submissions to the national government to reaffirm its rejection of the implementation of the e-tolls in the hope of halting its rollout in the province, The Citizen reported.

According to the MEC of public transport and roads infrastructure Jacob Mamabolo, provincial government has been working with national government to ensure the implementation of e-tolls in Gauteng is halted.

“We have made a very comprehensive submission to the President, the minister of finance and that of transport which we believe can resolve the e-toll matter once and for all. We have made a compelling case clearly stating that it is incorrect for residents of our province to be burdened with paying for e-tolls,” stated Mamabolo.

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MEC of public transport and roads infrastructure Jacob Mamabolo

Despite public resistance, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) moved ahead with plans to introduce e-tolling on the Gauteng freeway system on 3 December 2013.

“We reject the proposed AARTO regulations which are another attempt to bring back the e-tolls system in our province. We are of the strongest view that the freeway network that is being tolled services the national economy and the South African Development Community as well as the international economy,” adds Mamabolo.

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