The Democratic Alliance (DA) has further outlined its ambitions to win South Africa’s wealthiest province, Gauteng, in next year’s election – pledging to have e-tolls scrapped.
DA party leader Helen Zille said in June: ”What seemed unimaginable a few years ago is now looking likely. The DA is marching towards victory in Gauteng next year.”
On Wednesday (28 August) Mmusi Maimane, DA candidate for Premier of Gauteng used the current e-toll mess as a means to justify why the DA should take control of the region.
“There is no place for e-tolls in a DA-governed Gauteng. People don’t want e-tolls. They are too expensive and people are already stretched financially.
“My pledge to the residents of this province is that, as Premier, I will do everything in my power to stop e-tolling in its tracks.”
“Not only are e-tolls unfair, they will not work,” Maimane said alluding to new documents released by the party for the first time on Wednesday, which were brought to the attention of DA Shadow Minister of Transport, Ian Ollis MP.
The documents relate to the implementation of the Aarto Act, which governs how municipal authorities adjudicate and collect traffic fines, in the City of Johannesburg and the City of Tshwane.
Both these metros have been implementing the programme since 2008, and have made use of the same eNatIS system that will be used for e-tolling in the province.