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Fining highway users for their e-toll bill is an abuse of law: Cosatu

By Sapa | Aug 27, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 41 ]

Fining road users for not paying their e-toll bills was a form of "back-door generation" and an abuse of law, the Congress of SA Trade Unions said on Wednesday.

Cosatu provincial secretary Dumisani Dakile told the advisory panel on e-tolls that such fines, and arresting people for not paying them, posed an unnecessary burden on an already clogged justice system.

"We believe it will be a waste of resources to come and arrest people," Dakile said.

"There was no mind put here at the beginning of this project. Only their stomach and nothing else."

He said with opposition to e-tolls uniting people across society like never before, it was clear the people of Gauteng did not want it.

Beyond being a socio-economic problem, e-tolling was also a political problem.

"We are not saying government must not pay... but what we are refusing is how you want to pay that debt.

"To resolve this thing, you need politicians who have got guts," he said.

Using the fuel levy to fund Gauteng's highways means no one has to be employed for fee collection.

"You don't even need to employ half an individual," said Dakile to the advisory panel on e-tolls and their socio-economic impact in Midrand.

He said an additional 14c a litre on the fuel levy would meet the SA National Roads Agency Limited's (Sanral) funding needs.

This was based on data indicating 22.5 billion litres of fuel was consumed in South Africa in the 2013/14 financial year. Each extra cent would provide an additional R215 million of revenue.

Other funding options proposed were a one percent surcharge on personal income tax, an additional tax bracket for those earning R1.5m a year, increasing company tax by one or two percent for one or two years, and increasing and standardising vehicle licence fees.

"We have consistently argued that taxation must be the main source of funding of road infrastructure," Dakile said.

Of the listed options, the fuel levy appeared to be the easiest.

Dakile warned that come the 2016 local government elections, if e-tolls were not properly addressed, the African National Congress could be governing Gauteng's three metros with the opposition.

The panel will focus on the implications and perceptions of financing the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) and e-tolls.

On Monday, the Gauteng provincial government announced the panel would embark on a month-long consultation process, starting on Wednesday, with organisations and individuals.

Organisations were invited to make submissions on the economic, social, and environmental impacts of the GFIP and e-tolls, and how e-tolling's costs and benefits were distributed across society and the economy.

The panel was expected to report to premier David Makhura at the end of November.

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Mshovekahle

Only the clowns who voted for etolls who must pay etolls

Aug 27, 2014 2:3 | 0 replies

Mshovekahle

"We believe it will be a waste of resources to come and arrest people," Dakile said xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx It was the waiste of resouces to build those etolls in the first place , Nothing comes right under zuma leadership , We are cursed as the nation

Aug 27, 2014 2:5 | 0 replies

Mshovekahle

Dakile warned that come the 2016 local government elections, if e-tolls were not properly addressed, the African National Congress could be governing Gauteng's three metros with the opposition xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx I dont agree with you Cosatu The clowns like yourself will still vote for etolls You must know by putting your X next to that butternut head you are voting for mess , He wont pay for upgrades because he did not ask for them why must we all pay for etolls because we also did not ask for them , The only people who must pay for etolls are the ones who asked for them by voting for ZANC

Aug 27, 2014 2:13 | 1 replies

mgijimi

Haybo ayoyakho wedwa le article vumela nabanye ba commente

Aug 27, 2014 2:19 | 1 replies

kakarana

lol how old are you

Aug 27, 2014 2:23 | 2 replies

mgijimi

Ask your mom fighter

Aug 27, 2014 2:34 | 0 replies

mgijimi

I would like to withdraw my statement fighter I apologise, am old enough to take care of your sis

Aug 27, 2014 2:39 | 1 replies

ytieduniS

mgijimi - I had a threesome with your mom and sister.

Aug 27, 2014 3:23 | 1 replies

mgijimi

good for you

Aug 27, 2014 3:42 | 1 replies

ytieduniS

mgijimi - Wasnt bad :P

Aug 27, 2014 3:45 | 0 replies

staalin

Fines come in the post because you have done something wrong. The fine comes in the same way as etoll bill. What have the people done wrong to deserve an etoll fine. They just drove on a road they have paid for with taxes, and fuel levies. These were already and have always been the peoples roads.

Aug 27, 2014 2:16 | 0 replies

s.cold

WE KNOW THAT ANYTHING NEW?

Aug 27, 2014 2:18 | 2 replies

mgijimi

Lol sure mfanafuthi

Aug 27, 2014 2:19 | 0 replies

staalin

The titles of the article refer to fines, an etoll bill is a fine, a punishment for what? Using a road you paid for... That's just wrong, and remains just wrong.

Aug 27, 2014 2:22 | 0 replies

kopa

There was no mind put here at the beginning of this project. Only their stomach and nothing else." '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''' I agree with the statement, i will never pay etolls, unless they distroy the Toll-Gates.

Aug 27, 2014 2:18 | 0 replies

staalin

The nkandla money was budgeted to go for roads, nkandla expenses were only supposed to total 20 million not quater of a billion.

Aug 27, 2014 2:19 | 0 replies

mgijimi

We will not pay what part of that don't they understand

Aug 27, 2014 2:21 | 2 replies

kakarana

you will be arrested lol

Aug 27, 2014 2:24 | 1 replies

kakarana

lol and it applies to the motorists

Aug 27, 2014 2:25 | 2 replies

mgijimi

fighter I drive a bycicle that is why I say am not gonna pay so do not compare yourself with me

Aug 27, 2014 2:36 | 0 replies

mgijimi

fighter I drive a bycicle yhat is why I say am not gonna pay so do not compare yourself with me

Aug 27, 2014 2:36 | 1 replies

Mshovekahle

Sivile kaloku hambo qhuba iqegu elo lakho mgijimi

Aug 27, 2014 3:46 | 0 replies

VENDALIOUS

Short guy, pedestrians like you shouldn't be worried. This e-toll saga only concerns motorists like me,wena just concentrate on winning back your front sit @ s.cold MAGEZA's quantum taxi