JOHANNESBURG - Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s Twitter response to Gauteng premier David Makhura’s comments during his state of the province address regarding e-tolls "confirms what the DA has said all along, that under the ANC, e-tolls are here to stay", the party said on Saturday.
On Twitter, Mboweni had "lambasted Makhura, stating that the unjust user-pay system on Gauteng’s freeways will not be removed under his watch", DA Gauteng MPL Solly Msimanga said in a statement.
It was Mboweni, not Makhura, who "pulls the country’s purse strings" and had the final say on how taxes were raised, he said.
"Since the gantries were switched on in December 2013, the ANC has consistently spoken with a forked tongue on the matter. When it is convenient, they claim that the system will be scrapped. But when the truth comes out, it is clear that they care not for the plight of Gauteng’s residents."
In the years since the e-tolls went live, numerous businesses had shut down due to the added, unjust costs that they had not been able to carry, Msimanga said.