Makhura Denies e-Toll Utterances

Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, has refuted a newspaper report quoting him saying e-toll bills must be paid in adherence to the government's decision.

In a press statement, Makhura spokesperson, Nino Zama, points out that, "At no point did the premier say ‘motorists should pay because government has an upper hand’.”

Zama states that Makhura has always maintained the view that people must continue to pay for e-tolls, as we find a lasting solution.

Makhura Meets Public on e-Tolls

Gauteng premier David Makhura is due to meet key players and the public on Friday to discuss the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) and e-tolls.

In a press statement, Makhura spokesperson, Nino Zama, points out that plans to discuss a report by the advisory panel set up to assess the GFIP and e-tolling's socio-economic impact.

Underperforming MPs Overwork Madonsela

Former planning minister, Trevor Manuel, says public protector, Thuli Madonsela’s office is so busy because public representatives are not doing their jobs.
Delivering the Helen Suzman Memorial Lecture at the Gordon Institute for Business Science in Johannesburg, Manuel said members of parliament and legislatures receive almost R1 million each to do constituency work.
He says if they were more in touch with the people they represent, Madonsela will not get so many complaint, adding that, it is up to civil society to keep democracy in check and energise it.

Everything Wrong With e-Tolls - COSATU

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has warned that the controversial Gauteng e-tolling system will perpetuate exclusion in society.
Speaking to the advisory panel on the socio-economic impact of e-tolls, COSATU’s Dumisani Dakile described e-tolling as one of the most immoral projects undertaken since the arms deal.
“This matter touches on the core of governance. This matter touches on the core of leadership,” explained to the advisory panel on the socio-economic impact of e-tolls in Johannesburg.

Why Process Matters in Decision-Making

On my recent travels from Victoria Falls to Dar es Salaam, we covered more than 2 900 kilometres. The whole trip reminded me of the phrase ‘the journey is the reward’. The people we met, the scenery and the wildlife were all remarkable. Despite having spent many hours on an overland truck, I felt enriched when I got to Dar es Salaam, and, although I was excited about our arrival, I had a strong sense that the trip itself had been the actual reward.

Judge 'Erred Fundamentally' - OUTA

High Court Judge, Louis Vorster, had misinterpreted a section of the South African National Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL) Act on public consultation to reach his ruling that e-tolling could proceed.

Mike Maritz, for the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA), argued before Vorster that he had ‘erred fundamentally’ in his interpretation of section 27 (4) of the Act.

Maritz said Vorster had not engaged with the argument against a lack of ‘procedural fairness’ in the way SANRAL had informed the public about e-tolling.

e-Tolling System Likened to Democracy

Cabinet spokesperson, Jimmy Manyi, says that the controversial e-tolling system is an example of government ‘rolling out democracy’.

Manyi points out that, “While Cabinet is concerned about the opposition towards the system, the whole process is quite simply a roll out of democracy."

Meanwhile, On Monday, Cosatu threatened to stage the "mother of all protests" against the e-tolls before its planned implementation on April 30, and is "looking for a legal angle" to challenge the system.

QASA Criticises Government on e-Tolling

The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) says concerns have been raised that the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) is not taking the needs of disabled people into account.

QASA national director, Ari Seirlis, says that people with mobility impairment have not been consulted about the e-toll system.

“We had made submissions for concession on a number of occasions with no response and had also written to the department of women, children, and people with disabilities for help,” explains Seirlis.

ANC Criticised for Excluding Info Bill Opponents

The African National Congress (ANC) has attempted to exclude the most vociferous opponent of the Protection of State Information Bill (Secrecy Bill) from the list of organisations to be invited to make oral submissions on the draft law.

The ruling party only relented when opposition parties strongly opposed the move, which would have seen organisations such as the Right2Know Campaign, which is made up of NGOs opposed to the Bill, left out.

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