Johannesburg - When transport minister Dipuo Peters recently told parliament that Sanral's discount offer on old e-toll debt had brought in only R145 million of the R5.9 billion it was owed, the Organisation Against Tax Abuse was quick to ask: “What clearer message is it going to take for the minister to admit the scheme has failed?”
A grand total of 130 000 motorists had paid in an average of R1115 each, Outa pointed out, clearing less than 2.5 percent of the outstanding total dating from before 31 August 2015.
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Sanral spokesman Vusi Mona said that the final figures would be higher, since the agency was still 'counting the numbers', but Outa speculated that even then the total income from the discount scheme would be considerably less than R400 million, or about seven percent of the 'historic' debt.
“Going forward, that means e-toll payment levels will stay below 30 percent,” said Outa chairman Wayne Duvenage, “which should send a clear message to the authorities that the e-toll horse they've been flogging has been dead for some time now.”