30 January 2013

South Africa: E-Tolling Is a Mockery of the Poor and Must Be Stopped

press release

The IFP Gauteng (IFP-GP) has been, and continues to be, in the front bench of those unashamedly rejecting the implementation of e-tolling. While there have been grievances about the harshness and unfairness of the e-tolling system to the poor residents and citizens of Gauteng, government persistently argues the system is a necessity.

The IFP-GP, similar to Cosatu and other parties, refuses to be dragged into supporting the government's marginalisation of Gauteng residents and citizen's voices. "Can we honestly make it any obvious that we do not want this disaster-prone e-tolling project to carry on? We are infuriated with the government and its intolerable legacy of disregarding the already fiscally stretched bulk of people residing in townships or poor urban peripheries," said IFP Caucus Leader in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL) Bonginkosi Dhlamini.

The IFP-GP believes the implementation of this system will increase the cost of doing business in Gauteng and South Africa. Evidence of this can be seen in the World Bank sponsored report 'Doing Business in South Africa 2011', it explains that doing business in South Africa is already high compared to other developing nations. The running of the e-tolls system will further compound this problem.

The IFP-GP finds it ridiculous that taxi transports services have been excluded, but food and freight transport vehicles that service townships and other areas have not been exempted. This will obviously push up food prices and most affect African and black residents and citizens of Gauteng. "The IFPGP therefore urges government to commission research that will rather aim to create a transport system that is environmentally friendly, cost effective (self-sustaining) and actually reverses Apartheid type spatial travelling arrangement of Gauteng," concluded Dhlamini.

IFP Caucus Leader in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature

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