30 January 2013
The IFP Gauteng (IFP-GP) has been, and continues to
be, in the front bench of those unashamedly rejecting the
implementation of e-tolling. While there have been grievances
about the harshness and unfairness of the e-tolling system to
the poor residents and citizens of Gauteng, government
persistently argues the system is a necessity.
The IFP-GP, similar to Cosatu and other parties,
refuses to be dragged into supporting the government's
marginalisation of Gauteng residents and citizen's voices. "Can
we honestly make it any obvious that we do not want this
disaster-prone e-tolling project to carry on? We are infuriated
with the government and its intolerable legacy of disregarding
the already fiscally stretched bulk of people residing in
townships or poor urban peripheries," said IFP Caucus Leader in
the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL) Bonginkosi Dhlamini.
The IFP-GP believes the implementation of this
system will increase the cost of doing business in Gauteng and
South Africa. Evidence of this can be seen in the World Bank
sponsored report 'Doing Business in South Africa 2011', it
explains that doing business in South Africa is already high
compared to other developing nations. The running of the e-tolls
system will further compound this problem.
The IFP-GP finds it ridiculous that taxi
transports services have been excluded, but food and freight
transport vehicles that service townships and other areas have
not been exempted. This will obviously push up food prices and
most affect African and black residents and citizens of Gauteng.
"The IFPGP therefore urges government to commission research
that will rather aim to create a transport system that is
environmentally friendly, cost effective (self-sustaining) and
actually reverses Apartheid type spatial travelling arrangement
of Gauteng," concluded Dhlamini.
Bonginkosi Dhlamini; 082 565 3571
IFP Caucus Leader in the Gauteng Provincial