Lesufi continues with the lies and deception in the ongoing e-tolls saga – residents will still foot the bill

Remarks by
Vuyiswa Ramokgopa
March 7, 2024

RISE Mzansi acknowledges the recent statements by Gauteng MEC of Finance, Jacob Mamabolo, regarding the proposed discontinuation of the etolling system in Gauteng by 31 March. This announcement has sparked confusion, especially given the contradiction presented by outgoing Premier Panyaza Lesufi's Spokesperson, Sizwe Pamla, in The Citizen, asserting that the Premier lacks the authority to terminate e-tolls. This discrepancy raises doubts about the genuine intention to abolish e-tolls. The government's plan to seek funding from financial institutions to fulfil contractual obligations is noble but ultimately shifts the financial burden onto residents, implying that Gauteng motorists will continue bearing the cost of a controversial scheme they never supported.

On 28 February 2024, RISE Mzansi urged Premier Lesufi to disclose all communication between the Gauteng Provincial Government and the National Treasury concerning e-tolls within seven days, a deadline that has since lapsed. We will therefore consider further steps to pressure outgoing Premier Lesufi into taking accountability and being transparent about his lies.

Gauteng residents deserve new leaders who will prioritize their well-being, fostering safety, prosperity, equality, and unity. We must strive for change to create a Gauteng where every individual can lead a fulfilled and dignified life.

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Issued by:

Vuyiswa Ramokgopa

RISE Mzansi Gauteng Premier Candidate

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