The government's plan to introduce e-tolling in Gauteng has provoked motorists(SABC)
The government's announcement on e-tolling in Gauteng may be delayed says the inter-ministerial committee (IMC) on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project. Spokesperson Thabo Masebe said: "It is still on, but the time has not yet been set because of another meeting with stakeholders. The announcement may even be delayed until Saturday."
The "stakeholders" mentioned apparently include the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu).
Earlier today, Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven said the government would be "jumping the gun" if it went ahead with the announcement. He said Cosatu would meet the IMC tomorrow morning. "The absurd thing is we have a meeting with the IMC tomorrow on the same day as the announcement. Let's hope this works out but it looks like someone has blundered," he said.
Responding to questions on what action Cosatu would take should the government announce that e-tolling was going ahead, Craven said: "Our campaign of opposition will be back into top gear, we will take to the streets. Let's hope they hold back."
Cosatu has mounted a strong campaign against e-tolling, maintaining it is the wrong way to raise money for the country's freeway systems.
The government's plans to introduce e-tolling in Gauteng have provoked massive opposition from motorists and residents of South Africa's economic heartland.