The Economic Freedom Fighters rejects the outcome of the Gauteng eTolls Commission as announced by Cyril Ramaphosa. The EFF rejects the idea that our people must pay for usage of public roads. No one must make profit out of our roads as it borders on the infringement of the freedom of movement. The most important outcome that South Africans wanted to hear is not a reduction of the costs of eTolls, bu…t the total eradication of eTolls and their fees.
The worst thing now is to link payment of roads to vehicle registration. Even when people travel from Mpumalanga to Gauteng they pay on a toll gate, and do not use vehicle registration or using licences. It means that eTolls are now so important that they are equated to traffic fines which may be seen as yet another infringement of the freedom of movement. It is the same as producing dompass to move from one place to the other. It also means the ANC government has commodified our roads; literally selling our freedom of movement.
The ANC government has demonstrated once more to choose profit over the people. The eTolls were a result of bad governmental decisions and this must not be carried by the public. Government should seek alternative means of raising funds to improve public infrastructure. It should build state capacity to directly build roads and not the tender administrative crisis it has produced.
ISSUED BY THE ECONOMIC FREEDOM FIGHTERS