GAUTENG ETOLLS

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22 FEBRUARY 2024

GAUTENG ETOLLS

On 20 February 2023, outgoing Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi once again said that e-tolls will be the scrapped in the province. Previously, Premier Lesufi promised that the e-toll scheme would be deactivated by 31 December 2022, and even mentioned the possibility of refunding a substantial sum of R6.8-billion to those who had previously paid, however, it has now been almost a year since that false promise was made, and there has been little to no progress on the matter.

In his 2024 State of the Province Address (SOPA), Premier Lesufi once again reiterated his commitment to scrapping e-tolls, continuing a narrative that has unfortunately become synonymous with unfulfilled promises and disappointment for the people of Gauteng. This ongoing saga of promises without tangible action is unacceptable from the Premier of Gauteng.

Furthermore, it is deeply concerning that Premier Lesufi initially misled the people of Gauteng by stating that National Treasury had agreed to write-off the debt associated with e-tolls. Such misleading statements only serve to further erode public trust in the government and perpetuate a sense of disillusionment among residents.

The people of Gauteng deserve more than empty promises and misleading statements. They deserve a real and effective solution to the ongoing issue of e-tolls, one that addresses their concerns and alleviates the financial burden incurred by Gauteng residents.

Rise Mzansi urge Premier Lesufi to stop misleading the residents of Gauteng and refrain from offering false assurances on a matter he cannot fulfil.

As the Minister of Finance, Enoch Godongwana, prepares to present the 2024/25 Budget this afternoon at 14:00, we eagerly anticipate whether he will align with Premier Lesufi’s proposal to eliminate the substantial debt exceeding R6.8-billion owed by the people of Gauteng.

The residents of Gauteng have suffered from the falsehoods of the Lesufi-led administration for far too long. Gauteng needs new leaders now more than ever.

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