Gauteng Premier David Makhura is tiptoeing around the e-tolls issue, Democratic Alliance member of the provincial legislature Solly Msimanga said today.
Reacting to Makhura’s state of the province address (sopa), Msimang claimed the e-tolls contract has been renewed. ”This was like deja vu… he has been saying the same things since 2016.
I haven’t heard any concrete plans or the real state the province is in. The premier is saying Ramaphosa is handling e-tolls matter? I tell you right now that the e-tolls contract has been renewed with an option to extend it beyond 2019 with an option towards 2021… he should have the guts to tell the people of Gauteng the truth,” said Msimang, who recently resigned as Tshwane mayor to run as the premier candidate for the Democratic Alliance in Gauteng.
Last month, Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) denied that its Gauteng e-toll contract with the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) has been renewed as alleged by Msimang. The ETC said the contract was extended and not renewed, as per the provisions of the contract entered into between the parties in 2009.
During his sopa, Makhura said 21 government teams were ”working hard” to find a solution to the e-tolls and that President Cyril Ramaphosa has assured him again that the contentious e-tolls was receiving urgent attention.