‘My dog ate my e-toll bills’
The e-tolling concessions that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa announced last week won’t sway these e-toll detractors. Here they tell Sheree Bega some of their novel ways of dealing with their bills.
“I shredded the first bill I received from Sanral. I recycle the others for paper. I don’t even look at them. I don’t know what I owe them and I don’t care. I have no interest in paying an e-toll bill. I will never pay. They will have to take me all the way to Constitutional Court. This is an unlawful system.”
Provincial secretary, Cosatu
“I don’t know how much I owe because I don’t even look at my bills. I suspect it must run to the thousands – maybe even a R100 000.
But I keep my bills so I can burn them. I make a fire and throw them into the fire. Burning all those bills doesn’t just feel good, it feels great.”
Chairman, Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa)
“The last time I looked at my bill, it was R18 000. I keep the latest bill and toss the older ones out. Of course I will never pay.”
Duvenage has described the government’s new e-toll plan, that was announced earlier this month. as the “same farce, different lipstick”.
Former head, Black Management Forum, Gauteng
“My e-toll bills are in the dustbin. I don’t keep them. At some stage last year I owed almost R8 000. However, I have stopped taking note.” Moiloanyane has previously stated that there would be no need for e-tolls if Gauteng’s resources were properly managed to upgrade and manage its road infrastructure.
Executive director, Section27
“I’ve stopped counting. Last time I looked it was several thousand… one of the so-called alternative feeder roads advertised is the R511 from Erasmia, past Laezonia and Diepsloot. Three years ago they advertised it as complete. I live near it. It is worse than when they started upgrading it. That’s part of what they want us to pay for? Hell, no.”
“I have no idea (what I owe). My dog chews my e-toll bills before I open them. I would guess they amount to around R1 000. Not much as I work from home when I am in Joburg and don’t use the freeways that much… I deeply mourn that (Sanral) is a state-owned enterprise that has been in woeful breach of its obligation to ensure ‘user says’ precedes ‘user pays’.”
Chairman, Justice Project South Africa
“As far as I’m concerned, I owe nothing. I have not received their bills nor have I consented to their illegal terms and conditions, which expect me to sign away all protection afforded to me by the Consumer Protection Act. I have, however, paid every single cent due in terms of the fuel levy every time I have purchased fuel.”