National 25.8.2016 05:03 pm

E-tolls are here to stay, says Mashaba

File photo. Anti e-tolling protestors are seen demonstrating under an e-toll gantry on the N1 South, 6 December 2012, during a drive slow protest. Picture: Refilwe Modise

File photo. Anti e-tolling protestors are seen demonstrating under an e-toll gantry on the N1 South, 6 December 2012, during a drive slow protest. Picture: Refilwe Modise

There is nothing Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba can do about e-tolls, as it is out of his jurisdiction.

Mashaba told News24 that unless the DA were voted into power in 2019, e-tolls were here to stay because scrapping them could only be done at national government level.

What Mashaba is able to do though, is instruct Jo’burg’s metro police to not check if motorists had e-tags.

“On Friday, when I appoint the person to deal with safety I will give an instruction to JMPD that it should not be used by anyone to harass our residents on behalf of Sanral.”

Sanral has previously denied they were working with metro police to harass drivers.

“Acquiring an e-tag is optional and no road user should be stopped for having no e-tag,” Sanral spokesperson Vusi Mona said in a statement.

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Mona said road users had been calling into radio stations claiming that police had stopped them at the weekend to check if they are e-tagged.

“We categorically deny that there is any partnership with the JMPD on this. No vehicles on any road are being checked to see whether they are e-tag registered. The JPMD has in the past distanced itself from this, and so did we.”

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