Marizka Coetzer
3 minute read
1 Mar 2021
5:54 am

Forcing e-toll payments will hurt ANC in local government elections – Analyst

Marizka Coetzer

'It’s like a Mexican standoff between government, who won’t back down, and citizens, who are telling the government to go to hell.' - Howard Dembovsky

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

The grand, failed e-tolls scheme – of which less than 20% of users are paying – is rising from the dead, as the ANC struggles to make ends meet in its budget. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said in his budget speech last week vast infrastructure projects would be endangered “if the end user does not pay a cost-reflective tariff for usage”. Even opponents of e-tolls within the ANC appear to have been silenced. Gauteng premier David Makhura, who has in the past spoken in favour of scrapping the system, said not a word about it in his State of the...