Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

30 June 2014

South Africa: Op-Ed - the Full Makhura, Democracy and E-Tolls

analysis

If you had to pose the question: "What makes us South African?" almost everyone across all stripes and classes would have answered, "hating e-tolls". It was the one issue that united us: from grumbling CEOs wondering whether to buy a thousand e-tags because some auditor somewhere refused to place "moral virtue" under the "assets" column, to Cosatu and NUMSA, who provided most of the heavy public lifting when the anti-tolling protests were held. Now, Gauteng Premier David Makhura has answered the call of millions and said he's instituting a "panel to investigate the impact of e-tolling on the province".

David Makhura is part of a newer, younger breed within ANC leadership circles. He's been running the Gauteng ANC for over a decade and is much closer to people in the province than some of those who have been in provincial government during this period.

Makhura is viewed as honest and much more open than some. In the hours before his first State of the Province Address, he was happy to break with tradition and give interviews about what to expect in his speech. And when asked about whether he would discuss e-tolls, he flagged that he would,...

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