Ministers at war over e-tolls

Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni took to Twitter on Thursday to oppose Gauteng premier David Makhura’s views that the e-toll system should be scrapped.

David Makhura said in a speech that “our position has not changed. We remain determined that e-tolls are not part of the future of our province.” He went as far as saying that the provincial government was prepared to pay some of the money owed by motorists to ensure the tolling system was scrapped.

Mboweni fired off a series of tweets saying that there should have been a plan at the introduction of e-tolls to ensure the system worked and yielded returns in the long term.

Mboweni incited public ire when he tweeted “I don’t know why the middle and upper classes in Gauteng want to complicate our lives. The working class do not pay e-tolls!! Public transport! Hello…”. Motorists and public transport users disagreed with the sentiment.

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula waded in, saying President Cyril Ramaphosa instructed that a meeting be held to discuss a way forward, rather than debating the matter over Twitter.

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