It appears that the government is being dishonest with parliament and the public of South Africa about the use of income gained from e-tolls and the FF Plus will be demanding that the minister reveals the truth about this issue, Adv. Anton Alberts, the FF Plus’ parliamentary spokesperson on Transport says.
According to Adv. Alberts it is on record that the relevant minister had in a written reply to a question in parliament confirmed to him that the income gained from e-tolls, for which mainly Gauteng residents would be paying, would be used exclusively for the maintenance of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project
According to reports in the Business Day today, a spokesperson of the department however testified yesterday during the hearings of the e-toll evaluation panel that the e-toll funds could also be used to assist with the maintenance of the rest of the country’s roads which currently has a backlog of approximately R200 billion.
Adv. Alberts said it is clear that parliament has been misled and Gauteng residents will apparently have to fork out money for the rest of the country’s roads as well.
“This comment is in direct contrast with the assurance given to the FF Plus by the minister of Transport according to which the money would not be used for any of the other provinces.
“The FF Plus will be asking questions in parliament to the minister of transport about yesterday’s comments and demand the truth. This is indicative of the contempt that the ANC’s executive has for parliament, the Constitution and the public.
“The FF Plus will not accept this and the ANC government will be called to order,” Adv. Alberts says.
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