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Outa hopes new boss will fix Sanral's woes

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Johannesburg - The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse has welcomed the appointment of Skhumbuzo Macozoma's as CEO of the South African National Roads Agency Limited, while pointing out that he'll need to address dire financial and credibility issues that have unfolded over the past decade.

The failed e-toll scheme has cost it several billion rand and Sanral is facing a possible credit rating downgrade as a result.

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New Sanral CRO Skhumbuzo Macozoma has inherited dire financial and credibility issues. File photo: Boxer Ngwenya / INLSA

In addition, said Outa chairman Wayne Duvenage, Alli had left a legacy of challenges relating to the failed Western Cape freeway toll project the and the N2 Wild Coast toll road debacle. There were also more questions about Sanral's excessive road construction costs and a looming battle over the DeBeers Pass route.

He commented: "We imagine Sanral will still be requiring Mr Alli's time and services to respond to these many issues, allegations and court challenges. “He will also still need to answer allegations of questionable conduct and due process over Sanral's approvals on the Western Cape and Gauteng toll road decisions, as well as in the legal battle about to unfold over e-tolling."

Sanral needed to become a learning organisation, Duvenage said.

"The agency's dire financial state and the numerous court challenges it has lost over the years are largely due to its lack of transparency, due process and poor engagement with the communities affected by its decisions."

Outa remained committed to putting an end to the irrational e-toll debacle and would also be holding Sanral board members and its directors, past and present, accountable for any serious transgressions and maladministration that might be uncovered in the process.

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