The Gauteng provincial government has responded positively to the news about the scrapping of e-tolls debt as it could be the beginning of the end for the controversial system.
The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) announced on Wednesday that it would no longer criminally pursuit the debtors in accordance with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s initiative to address the e-tolls payment impasse.
This applies not only to possible future violations of the system but also to summonses issued since 2015.
Gauteng premier David Makhura said the decision represented a decisive shift and opened the door for an amicable and lasting solution regarding the e-tolls debacle.
“This decision is a result of a decisive intervention by our president and the strongest indication that President Ramaphosa is listening and attending to the concerns of the people of Gauteng on the e-tolls,” he said, adding that the e-toll became only a burden to motorists from various community classes.