This was revealed by the Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters in Pretoria, at the head-offices of SANRAL, yesterday.
“We cannot afford to expose Sanral’s (SA National Roads Agency) system to any further financial risks and we have already experienced two delays,” said Peters.
“We are expecting the majority of South Africans to co-operate. This is part of Madiba’s plan, creating a better South Africa,” she said.
However, transport authorities have threatened to use the fullest extent of the law on those who refuse to pay for e-tolls.
Civil rights organisation AfriForum said yesterday it would not register its vehicles for e-tolling.
But Sanral Chief Executive Nazir Alli said those who don’t have tags, you know if you don’t pay, we will make sure the law is applied in its strictest form.
Cosatu has been the voice of the voiceless in championing the idea of being against the scheme.
Also the social media has been abuzz with both local and internationals airing their concerns.
According to Sanral so far only 770 000 tags have been bought.
The Minister also reiterated that those who fail to buy e-tags will have to pay double.
Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi said they had looked at alternative routes near the toll roads and had started upgrading these. “These are good-quality roads, I can tell you,” he said.
Hard to stomach but it seems spending spree on festive season would have to stop, finish & klaar!