The two million hit the road without paying. Sanral loads the heavy calibre stuff and fires the bureaucracy at the unsuspecting motorists. Panic, mayhem! A dreadful, fearsome punishment!
In the first month, two million fines are posted by registered mail at a cost per letter of R40 postage, envelope, labour, printing, computers etc., say R80 million. No-one pays. The next month, another two million fines are posted. The Joburg Post Office starts to collapse, this is 100 000 registered letters every working day, they cannot cope. They stop accepting mail from Sanral because normal business has ceased.
Lawyers and banks have issued summons against the Post Office for non-performance of an essential service. Questions are asked in Parliament. Moody’s reduces the Sanral rating to ZZ – or ‘shite’ four levels below junk. The head of Sanral commits suicide.Within a week the fines and summonses cease, no motorist renews his e-tag, the entire system dies.
Months later the gantries are removed and sold for scrap.OUTA hosts a celebratory braai on a private game farm outside Pretoria, and life continues as before, except that now the taxpayer is saddled with generations of fruitless expenditure paying off unfulfilled contracts and loans.
The ANC government carries on as though nothing has happened, and no-one gets fired or even transferred.Thus endeth the e-tolling.