etolls scrapped

Have etolls been scrapped? – Not yet, says Gauteng transport MEC

Andile Sicetsha - 27.05.2021

An announcement is expected ‘soon’ but according to Gauteng MEC Jacob Mamabolo, etolls have not been scrapped just yet.

The announcement that etolls have been scrapped has been watered down by Gauteng transport MEC Jacob Mamabolo who, in a tweet, pleaded with people to not celebrate — just yet.

Reel it in — etolls are not yet scrapped

On Thursday, during a radio interview with SAfm’s Stephen Grootes, the transport MEC teased that the e-tolls system that’s been widely rejected for many years was coming to an end.

Soon after he said this, SAfm published a tweet breaking the news.

However, it may have been too soon and Mamabolo was quick to double-back and rephrase what he was heard saying on the radio.

“I’ve noted the misleading tweet from SAfm quoting my interview with Stephen Grootes. All we’re saying as Gauteng is that National Government will make an announcement on etolls and we are positive it will be favourable to our position which is public knowledge,” he tweeted.

However, in another tweet that’s since been deleted, he accused SAfm of ‘distorting’ the conversation by rushing to announce the news after he categorically stressed that “the scrapping of etolls is imminent.”

Photo: Sourced from @JacobMamabolo / Twitter

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has been key in getting the fight to this point, and even they have been careful about celebrating a victory before it’s been called.

In a tweet, the civic organisation noted that while this was encouraging news, it can’t be confirmed as such until the announcement is made by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula or higher-ups such as Gauteng’s premier David Makhura or the Presidency.