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Johannesburg - Religious leaders met the Inter-Ministerial Committee on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) on Friday.

The churches said one of the concerns raised to the committee, which was chaired by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, related to the funding of the freeway project.

Motlanthe's spokesman Thabo Masebe said the deputy president had explained that the committee would brief Cabinet on the issues raised during the consultation process.

The intention was to find an “amicable solution” to the perceived problems concerning the GFIP.

Ray McCauley, of the National Interfaith Council of SA, and Desmond Lambrechts, of the National Religious Association for Social Development, led the religious delegation.

Last month, the SA Council of Churches told Motlanthe there had not been sufficient consultation on the GFIP.

It agreed that there was a need to improve the province's highways.

The SACC urged the government to take urgent steps to provide a reliable, efficient and quality public transport system. - Sapa


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