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Johannesburg - The government is misleading the public about the cost of e-tolls, the DA charged on Thursday.
“It is hard to believe that more than 80 percent of users carrying an e-tag will pay only R100 maximum per month,” Democratic Alliance Gauteng premier candidate Mmusi Maimane said in a statement.
According to the Government Gazette on e-toll tariffs published on Wednesday, 82.7 percent of road users (Class A2) would pay a maximum of R100 a month if they were registered as e-tag users.
The DA said a driver travelling from Daveyton to Johannesburg would pass through at least five gantries on a return trip, at an approximate cost of R13.92 a day. This amounted to R69.60 in a five-day week, and R278.40 a month.
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed an Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance appeal against the implementation of e-tolls by the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral).
The DA said travelling between Alexandra and Centurion, a user would pass through at least six gantries at an approximate cost of R17.31 a day, R86.55 a week, and R346.20 a month.
From Soweto to Midrand, a driver would pass through at least 11 gantries on a return trip, at an approximate cost of R29.64 a day, and would reach the threshold of R400 a month.
For a commute between Tembisa and Germiston, a motorist would pass through at least four gantries on a return trip, at an approximate cost of R14.40 a day, R72 a week, and R288 a month.
Maimane said Government Communication and Information Service acting CEO Phumla Williams's remarks about e-tolls at a Cabinet briefing on Thursday showed how out of touch the government was with Gauteng residents.
“Her appeal for people to show good citizenship and pay for e-tolling is a slap in the face of ordinary South Africans who struggle to get by on a daily basis.”
Maimane vowed to put a stop to the process if elected premier of Gauteng.
Earlier, at the SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry's (SACCI) annual convention, Transport Minister Dipuo Peter said: The politicisation of e-tolls, specifically the user-pays principle, did not help anyone.
“It doesn't help us to play politics with infrastructure development,” she said.