Gauteng premier David Makhura announced on Friday that the e-tolls had been referred to Ramaphosa for a final determination on alternative options of settling the debt incurred to build the country’s national roads.
“I am confident that a solution will be found. Once the debt is settled, we will be able to maintain our roads without the e-toll system,” he said.
The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse, which has been fighting e-tolls since the government announced plans to roll out the system, said the country is owed R67 billion accumulated by the SA National Roads Agency in building the country’s freeways.
Makhura tabled the last political report of his first term as premier at the provincial legislature. He attributed the improvement in quality of life and governance to the pro-poor fiscal policies and anti-poverty programmes of his administration.