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3 Mar 2021
9:34 am

E-tolls saga: opportunistic politicians with an eye on elections


There are local government elections looming later this year and, should the local ANC leadership not vigorously oppose the e-toll scheme, they could find themselves ousted in some areas.

Outa - the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse - hold a protest against e-tolls on the N1 highway in Johannesburg, 26 October 2018. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

Surprise, surprise, surprise. In the wake of The Citizen story this week about e-tolls rising from the dead, the ANC Gauteng’s politicians quickly jumped around to re-assert their opposition to what is, effectively, yet another tax. Perhaps they thought no one would notice that premier David Makhura coyly ignored the topic – one of the biggest political elephants in the Gauteng political room – during his State Of the Province Address last week. Perhaps they thought no one would put too much stock in Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s re-statement of his position that, when it comes to the development and...