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15 Jul 2015 17:46
The Emfuleni local municipality's cars have not been fitted with e-tags. (Delwyn Verasamy, M&G)
Six Gauteng municipalities, including Tshwane and Ekurhuleni, owe more than R2.3-million in unpaid e-toll bills, the Democratic Alliance said on Wednesday.
This was revealed in a written reply from Transport Minister Dipuo Peters in the National Assembly.
The document showed that Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality owed the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) about R1.8-million, DA MP Manny de Freitas said.
“It is pure hypocrisy that government calls on citizens and businesses to buy e-tags and pay e-tolls. The government is being blatantly unfair by expecting citizens to do something they aren’t prepared to,” he said.
The City of Tshwane owed R351 644 and Emfuleni local municipality owed R127 685.
“Not only are some municipalities not paying their e-toll bills, but some have not even signed up for e-tags.”
The reply showed that none of Emfuleni’s cars had been registered for e-tags.
Other municipalities owing Sanral were Sedibeng district municipality (R4 026), Lesedi local municipality (R111 294) and the Midvaal local municipality (R3 395).
In her response, Peters said Sanral was awaiting payment from the outstanding invoices, which may be in the process of being paid by the respective municipalities.
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