Jump to content
Afrii Diaspora Dialogue
  • Will e-tolls be finally scrapped? Here’s what we know so far

    Will e-tolls be finally scrapped? Here’s what we know so far

    The Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) is positive that Finance Minister, Enoch Godongwana will announce that e-tolls in Gauteng will finally be scrapped.

    Godongwana is expected to deliver his Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) in Parliament on Wednesday, 26 October and he is expected to announce the Cabinet’s decision on a way forward regarding e-tolls as Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has failed to honour his promises regarding announcements on the road payment system.  


    Since its introduction in December 2013, the payment of e-tolls for the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) has been a contentious issue with many motorists in the province refusing to pay. Their assertion then, as it is now, is that the government must fund the GFIP through other means.  

    The Automobile Association said the compliance rate for e-toll payments is already below 20% meaning Gauteng motorists have clearly  communicated their position to government. A number of political parties and organisations have launched petitions calling for the road payment system to be scrapped and for motorists not to pay until government decides to find other means to fund the project.

    March 2012: E-toll protests in the streets of Johannesburg. (Siyabonga Africa / Flickr)

    “It’s now time government makes a formal statement on their position on e-tolls and gives the province’s citizens assurances that it will scrap the system and not pursue any debts owed. In addition to cancelling old debt, all money collected to date must be paid back,” it said. 

    ALSO READ: Lesufi makes bold promises as he announces new Gauteng MECs

    Furthermore, the Association said only a decision to scrap the system will be acceptable to citizens, and it must be done now as failure to do this will further harden people’s attitudes to e-tolls and will, in any event, result in a further decline in compliance levels. 

    “Citizens are already extremely cash-strapped and can simply not bail the government out of a situation it was warned would fail. To continue with the system now would send a message of a government who doesn’t care about the financial crises of its people, nor that it is doing anything to mitigate against those challenges. Minister Godongwana now has a perfect opportunity to indicate this is not the case and to finally scrap this system.”


    On 7 October 2022 Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi said he has tasked new Transport and Logistics MEC in the province, Jacob Mamabolo to ensure that e-tolls are scrapped. 

    ALSO READ: Budget 2022: Government ‘undecided’ on scrapping of e-tolls in Gauteng

    View the full article



    User Feedback

    Recommended Comments

    There are no comments to display.

    Add a comment...

    ×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

      Only 75 emoji are allowed.

    ×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

    ×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

    ×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


Afrii Diaspora Dialogue

A Platform for Dialogue for the African diaspora

A cultural and community website with a GO.A.L. to UpLift™ and EmPower™ the many different peoples, cultures, and communities of the Black and African diasporas.

Main links

  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue. Guidelines, Privacy Policy, Terms of Use