Editorials
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1 Mar 2021
4:55 am

E-toll ‘tariff’ is tax – and just too much

Editorials

The government needs to realise we are already burdened with some of the highest taxes in the world. Another tax will be a gantry too far …

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If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it is a duck. That piece of obvious logic has been avoided for years by the government and those supporting the concept of e-tolls. Paying money for the R20-billion Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project looks like a tax (citizens paying for national infrastructure) and it hurts as much as any other tax. So let’s call it what it is – a tax. But for the government, the SA National Roads Agency and their apologists (mainly from the construction industry, greedy for similar projects in the future), this is not...