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Deputy transport minister accused of being out of touch with reality on e-tolls issue

The user-pay principle means ‘if you use the road that is tolled, you pay for it’ – Sindisiwe Chikunga.
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has said he is seeking a ‘win-win’ solution for government and society to the e-toll saga. Image: Moneyweb

Newly appointed Deputy Minister of Transport Sindisiwe Chikunga has been accused of being out of touch with reality after stating that “for now, e-tolls are in force” and if motorists drive on tolled roads, they have to pay.

Chikunga said during an eNCA interview: “You use the road that is tolled, you pay for it. You don’t use it, you don’t pay for it. It’s as simple as all that.

“That is what the user-pay principle means and that is what the e-tolls are all about. If you don’t want to pay the tolls, you use other roads because they are there.”

She stressed that South Africa has to develop to evolve, and referred to a governor in the Cape in 1700 who collected money for road infrastructure.

“That was when people would stand on the road, as is happening in some of our neighbouring countries.

“We’ve evolved. We now have these schemes that we see on the roads where a boom gate has to open.

“That is development and then technology is there and we said let’s collect them electronically. It’s the same system that started in the 1700s and it’s developing,” she said.

Chikunga said money from toll roads will be used to maintain South Africa’s roads and ensure they are at world level to maintain the country’s position of 18th in the world in terms of the national road quality.

But Chikunga said South Africa has to have money to maintain, develop, extend and expand its road infrastructure and this money will definitely not come from the fiscus.

“No country is able to maintain its road infrastructure with the money that is collected by their national treasuries, like it is the case in South Africa.

An ‘easy matter’ that has been complicated

“So for me, it’s such an easy matter that we have complicated. It’s just something that has developed from 1700 and we are where we are now.

“We have to service the money, the loan that we made, and we have got to pay [repay] as a country, whether we like it or not.

“So there is nothing that has changed [about e-tolls] for now. If there are new announcements, they will be made,” she said.

Read: More talk that a decision on e-tolls is imminent

Chikunga was appointed to her current position on August 5. She was previously deputy minister of Public Service and Administration. Image: Supplied

Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) CEO Wayne Duvenage said the deputy transport minister is “banging a drum that has been banged for the last eight years since they launched e-tolls in 2013”.

“She clearly seems to not be au fait with the issues, not understanding the dynamics that have taken place over the last number of years,” he said.

Duvenage added that Chikunga was also not making sense in the context of Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula’s comments that he was seeking a “win-win” solution for government and society to the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) e-toll saga.

“We understand that she is new but somebody has got to sit her down … and bring her up to speed, because it doesn’t look good for the department when the deputy minister makes comments that don’t make sense to society and just create more angst,” he said.

Future of e-tolls still unknown

Mbalula said in July during an interview with eNCA that a final announcement about the future of e-tolls, not only in Gauteng but across the country, was expected later that month.

“After July 19, you will get our response,” he said.

This followed Mbalula telling the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on May 6 that a government announcement on the future of e-tolls would be made in the following two weeks.

Mbalula subsequently said during his budget vote speech on May 21 that a decision by the government on the future of the e-toll system is “imminent”.

Despite Mbalula creating the expectation of an imminent decision on the future of e-tolls on many other occasions, an announcement has not yet been made.

The long-outstanding decision on the future of e-tolls dates back to July 2019 when President Cyril Ramaphosa appointed Mbalula to head a task team, which also included then-finance minister Tito Mboweni and Gauteng Premier David Makhura, to report by August 2019 on the options available for the future of e-tolls.

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The appointment of this task team was prompted by staunch public resistance to e-tolls and the low e-tolls payment compliance rate, which was then below 19%.

Mbalula subsequently said he had presented nine possible solutions to the government to resolve the e-tolls impasse, the first of which is “to scrap the e-tolls”.

However, Mbalula highlighted the financial commitments that have been made in terms of the repayment of the debt to finance the GFIP and that the bigger issue for government is not the scrapping of e-tolls, but sustaining its position on the bond market by living up to its obligations by servicing the e-toll debt.

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This parrot is no more – it has expired – it is dead !
No no , its just sleeping….
When the rotten ANC makes you do it..

She trained as a nurse (M level which is applaudable) but now she’s in the transport portfolio … god help us all

You can’t expect the user-pay principle to apply in a nation where there has been a culture of non-payment for basic services, like water, electricity etc.

Therefore the user-pay principle means ‘if you use the water, the electricity, the sewage system, the refuse systems, then those users must pay.

As for e-Toll, it was a corrupt ANC projects that is an unnecessary system for collecting taxes when a perfectly good one existed.

Sindisiwe Chikunga – you pay – ANC can pay.

The ANC cannot even pay their staff or their service providers. To them, pay is a foreign concept except when others do it. They are much better at demanding and receiving.

I don’t use the government’s police, healthcare or schools. So my tax bill, according to the bedpan-carrier’s “logic”, should be almost zero, because of all the stuff I don’t want or use.

Mbalula said in July: “After July 19, you will get our response,”

What he failed to say is in what year.

Could someone explain to her that we all pay for the roads from the fuel tax somewhere.

No explanation needed, she was never in touch anyway.

It’s almost as if the ANC is getting backhanders from etolls and was counting on Turkish Powership Tenders to replace them. With an election and salary + SARS backlogs to finance.

The ANC is bankrupt, morally and financially. It can’t pay it’s workers and is desperate to delay the local elections because of the factional infighting. The money is finish and klaar. The ANC funding projects have dried up. The remaining hyenas at the feeding troughs are devouring each other for the remaining scraps. it is not going to end well for all.

You may or not be paying etoll directly, but you are paying indirectly via taxes. Therefore no decision needs to be made but we’ll dither and waffle to the media that you think we’re making a decision forever until you all give up asking.

‘if you use the road that is tolled, you pay for it’

… Similarly …

If you Corrupt in a country that is democratic, you pay for it by being in Jail.

If you don’t like it that the road you use to get to work is tolled then go by taxi, bicycle, jog, walk. Just do as you are told or else. Antivaxers also think they have the right to push you around if you don’t get jabbed. They may have good reasons but they just get told what to do, or else. Guess the bully boy fraternity never heard about what goes around comes around.

“We’ve evolved”….. er, no

Dear deputy transport minister, as a qualified nurse, maybe you will understand the following: your uninformed and inexperienced statements make me sick.

I actually agree with her, that is why we are paying a levy on the fuel. The more we drive the more fuel levy we pay.

As for e-tolls, no decision necessary, the decision has been taken. We will not pay.

At some stage the politicians need to realize the they are there to serve the citizens, not the other way round.

“We have to service the money, the loan that we made, and we have got to pay [repay] as a country, whether we like it or not.”

If you ‘bought’ a car with a 98% balloon payment, high bank charges and financed over 10 years, don’t make it my problem.

She’s going have a tough time convincing millions of Gauteng road users to pay their etolls. Everyone I know just throws them in the bin. Better accept that nobody wants this thing, and lets move on.

THE WHOLE GOVERNMENT IS DESIGNED ON PATRONAGE AND NEPOTISM!! THEY PUT UNDER-EDUCATED PEOPLE IN PORTFOLIO’S THEY CANNOT HANDLE. AND THEY WONDER WHY THE COUNTRY IS FALLING APART. JUST KEEP VOTING FOR THE RULING PARTY AND THERE’S MORE LOOTING, PILFERING, ROBBERY, AND MALFEASANCE TO COME.After they screw up beyond comprehension they change their portfolio’s to limit the damage and they screw up the new portfolio. 3 words Tina Joematt Petersen.

What does a person with a few nursing degrees know about toll roads?

I pay my Taxes, Road Fund License and Fuel Levy all of which the government is supposed to use for infrastructure and yet they expect me to pay extra to drive on a road that has been there for 40 years and has been paid for over and over again.
She probably doesn’t know that this was an existing road that was simply widened. Mind you neither did Inge Mulder, Sanrals CFO. She made the comment “But look at the wonderful new roads we’ve given you” at a public awareness meeting in Rivonia. That was when security had to be called in.

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