Sanral problems with toll roads in KwaZulu-Natal again points to poor public participation

Adv Anton Alberts

Reports that links Sanrals’s head, Nazir Alli, with alleged irregularities surrounding the proposed N2 Wild Coast toll route between Durban and East London, again emphasises the untransparent process that Sanral follows in its actions, Adv. Anton Alberts, the FF Plus’ parliamentary spokesperson on transport says.

According to Eyewitness News, Sanral acknowledged that it was investigating a fraud complaint and which forms part of Sanral’s legal battle about the building of this toll road in KwaZulu-Natal.

The complaint entails that the communities allege that they were not given the opportunity to make inputs about the feasibility of the road, while Alli apparently states in an affidavit that it was done.

Adv. Alberts says the FF Plus is concerned about the extension of the e-toll to other areas and the repeat of poor public participation and buy-in of the public as was the case in Gauteng.

“The allegations and the mere fact that community groups are opposing the building of the toll road is sufficient proof that Sanral did not consult with the stakeholders.

“It proves how insensitive this state agency is toward taxpayers and road users in the exercising of its mandate to build and maintain roads. These issues surrounding Alli must be revealed and if fraud was committed prosecutions must be instituted.

“It is still the FF Plus’ opinion that the savings which could be created by merely eradicating corruption and maladministration will be sufficient to pay Gauteng’s e-toll debt in one instalment.

“The South African public has been taxed to a pulp and has reached the point where a tax revolt is starting to take place, as the opposition to the Gauteng e-tolls is now proving.

“With the increase in personal income tax this year, people will increasingly find more ways to not pay more taxes. Sanral and the government should take not of this,” Adv. Alberts says.


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