Opinion: I think Sanral is throwing in the towel

A report in the Citizen on Tuesday says Sanral may be nearing the end with e-tolls and has admitted to a loss in revenue, with only a third of the money owed being paid by motorists.

Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) manager Alex van Niekerk told the paper the e-toll situation was “not in a favourable state at the moment”.

With motorists refusing to tow the line, Sanral spokesperson Vusi Mona emphasisied the need for a funding model.

He said: "...the government, Treasury and citizens must agree that if we want this infrastructure, how will we pay for it? That shouldn’t be a discussion for engineers. We are not on a tolling crusade. If our citizens can give us a pot of money to build without tolling, we will welcome that."

Commenting on Mona's statement Stephen Grootes says Sanral may be throwing in the towel.

I think Sanral is throwing in the towel and I am glad. It was undemocratic, it went against the will of all of the people who live in Gauteng or almost all of them.

Stephen Grootes, 702 anchor and EWN senior political correspondent

At some point government just has to put up its hand and say this project is not working and it is not working because people have had enough, they were not consulted and in a way it is a small victory for citizen power.

Stephen Grootes, 702 anchor and EWN senior political correspondent

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