The government must “listen to and appreciate” the reasons behind the public outcry against e-tolling, the Black Management Forum (BMF) said on Thursday.
“The BMF Gauteng province noted with regret government's intention to continue with e-tolling... despite the public outcry and the justified public protests against the implementation of this project,” said BMF chairman Modise Moiloanyane in a statement.
He said the government, together with the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and the department of transport, needed to take collective responsibility for the lack of proper engagement with Gauteng residents on the proposed e-tolling.
“Proper consultation and public buy-in is critical for projects of this magnitude, especially given the importance of the roads earmarked for tolling,” said Moiloanyane.
“These are roads that have been built through tax contributions from Gauteng residents, which they use daily to go to work and make a living, and thus should not be expected to pay more (for).”