South Africa: As Elections Loom, Gauteng ANC Calls for Action On E-Tolls

President Cyril Ramaphosa with Finance Minister Tito Mboweni ahead of the Budget 2019 Speech.

The Gauteng ANC has again told President Cyril Ramaphosa to scrap e-tolls. While the national government has so far ignored the province's calls, Wednesday's national Budget speech may provide a way forward.

ANC Gauteng Provincial Secretary Jacob Khawe on Sunday reiterated the provincial structure's call to scrap e-tolls in the province and said he was frustrated that President Cyril Ramaphosa had failed to address the issue in his State of the Nation Address (SONA).

In an open letter addressed to the president, Khawe said Ramaphosa's SONA acknowledged and announced a number of interventions to mitigate against the increased cost of living, but he did not address the burden of e-tolls in Gauteng.

"However, we really must say to you, Mr President, that we are deeply disappointed at the fact that your speech said nothing about the scrapping of e-tolls. The e-tolls have not worked in our province and the overwhelming majority of Gauteng motorists continue to refuse to pay," said Khawe.

"This, coupled with regular increases in fuel costs, drives up the cost of doing business and disproportionately diminishes the disposable incomes of both the middle strata and poor households."

At its 2018 provincial conference, the Gauteng ANC resolved to...

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