JOHANNESBURG – Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced on Wednesday during his Medium-term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) that motorists in Gauteng would have to fork out the cash if they will be using the roads in the province.
Mboweni said: "Cabinet has considered several options to resolve the impasse over the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project. Government has decided to retain the user pay principle. While there will be a further dispensation and value‐added services, compliance will also be strengthened."
"Not paying your tolls has already led to our roads deteriorating. We have been unable to maintain the network. I urge the nation to please pay your bills. We need to build a culture of payment, as government services can only be sustainable if all of us that can pay for services, do so."
Moboweni said the MTBPS is an important piece of South Africa's budgeting process.
The first statement was published on December 2, 1997, during the first democratic administration led by President Nelson Mandela.