State under fire over its e-toll bill
Johannesburg - Questions around the government’s outstanding e-toll bills, amounting to millions of rand, will be up for debate when Parliament reconvenes, the DA has warned.
The DA’s spokesman on transport, Manny de Freitas, said it was “pure hypocrisy” of the government to force citizens and businesses to buy e-tags and pay for e-tolls when it was failing to do so.
“We will call for a debate on this issue. We want answers as to why some of the municipalities have not registered their vehicles, and also to find out what type of vehicles used the roads without paying e-tolls.
“If the government wants people to pay, then it must first pay its e-tolls bills,” De Freitas pointed out.
The government’s failure to honour e-toll payments was a sign that the system was unsustainable, he said.
The Ekurhuleni Metro has the biggest e-toll bill, at R1.8 million, Tshwane owes R352 000 and Emfuleni R128 000. Joburg wasn’t listed as a debtor.