Johannesburg - President Cyril Ramaphosa has tasked Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula to work with Gauteng Premier David Makhura and Finance Minister Tito Mboweni on finding a solution to the Gauteng e-toll impasse.
The three will be expected to table proposals to Cabinet by the end of August 2019.
This comes in the wake of a ‘Twitter war’ between Makhura and Mboweni that erupted on Thursday night after the latter insisted that users must pay for e-tolls. This came after Makhura’s State of the Province report last week, where the Premier said he didn’t envision e-tolls as part of the province's future.
However, Ramaphosa sternly rebuked the pair for their public exchanges, labelling them as “unfortunate and deeply regrettable” as well as “unbecoming of their high offices”.
“The public interest is best served through collaboration, not conflict, and the appropriate platform for leaders to express and reconcile differing views is Cabinet and other coordination forums,” said the media statement, issued by the President’s spokesperson.