23 May 2013
The IFP in Gauteng (IFP-GP) remains fully
opposed to the implementation of the e-tolling system and
supports the Treatment Action Plan (TAC) and Cosatu-led protests
against the e-tolling system scheduled for Friday May 24 in
Johannesburg and May 31 in Ekurhuleni.
The IFP-GP in parallel with Cosatu and the TAC
has in the past spoken out against the e-tolling system and
would like to reaffirm its condemnation of this system that is
deliberately imposed on us as Gauteng citizens by this
remorseless government. “Is it not clear that people do not want
this cruel project to continue? We are enraged by the
government’s stubbornness and disregard of the brunt that this
system will bring to the already financially stretched people
residing in townships or poor urban peripheries,” said IFP
Caucus Leader in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, Bonginkosi
The IFP-GP agrees with the TAC that this
e-tolling system will increase the cost of medication, and will
also impact on the delivery of treatment to health facilities.
Adding to this, the IFP-GP believes this will also impinge on
other sectors such as agriculture since it will increase the
cost of doing business in Gauteng. This has been proven by the
‘Doing Business in South Africa 2011 Report’, which indicates
that conducting business in South Africa is increasingly costly
compared to other developing nations.
“The IFP-GP finds it irrational that the taxi
transport services have been excluded from e-tolling, but food
and freight transport vehicles that service townships and other
areas have not been exempted. This will obviously push up food
prices and mostly affect poor African and black residents and
citizens of Gauteng,” says Dhlamini.
The IFP-GP is taken aback by the provincial
government’s ignorance to the fact that a similar system was
implemented in Brazil’s Sao Paulo State, but failed because
people were unable to pay its high costs. "As a party in Gauteng
we commit to continue fighting against this ill-thought system
and calls on this government to reconsider its decision for
wanting to implement this system which is by and large rejected.
Instead, government should find a transport system that is
applicable and revokes Apartheid travelling arrangement of
Gauteng," concludes Dhlamini.
IFP Caucus Leader in the Gauteng
Provincial Legislature; Bonginkosi Dhlamini; 071 622 7523
IFP Media Liaison Officer, Musa Ngobeni; 079
412 9757/011 489 6401
Follow Bonginkosi Dhlamini on Twitter: @BWDhlamini