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5 Oct 2014
9:21 am

ANC Gauteng view on e-tolls to be public – Mashatile

A resolution of the ANC Gauteng provincial conference regarding e-tolls will be divulged, chairman Paul Mashatile said on Saturday.

ANC provincial chairperson Paul Mashatile and Gauteng Premier David Makhura. Picture: Alaister Russell.

“Our delegates are now in commissions, discussion everything before them.

What the delegates will say about it, I don’t know,” he told reporters in Pretoria.

“Once resolutions are taken, we will make them public. You will know what our delegates think about that matter.”

The elective conference ends on Sunday.

On Friday, Mashatile said recommendations of the e-tolls review panel should be implemented.

“We cannot close our eyes in Gauteng when our people have problems,” he told the party’s provincial conference in Pretoria.

“If anybody is going to come to me and say ‘don’t discuss e-tolls’, I won’t agree. We must be the first as ANC to say to our people we have heard you.”

He said government agencies, particularly the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), did not run the country.

“It’s not that I don’t like Sanral, but they must know their place,” he said.

Mashatile told delegates that Sanral officials had been “making noises” about the Gauteng e-tolls.

Gauteng premier David Makhura established a review panel to examine the economic and social impact of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project and the electronic tolling system set up to fund it.

The panel is expected to present its findings to Makhura at the end of November.

Mashatile has retained his post at the party’s 12th provincial elective conference, Makhura was elected deputy chair.

ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa said all the positions of the provincial officials were uncontested.

Mashatile, the former arts and culture minister, was booted out of Cabinet when President Jacob Zuma announced a reshuffle in May.

He was replaced by Nathi Mthethwa who was moved from the police ministry.

Former Gauteng health MEC Hope Papo was elected provincial secretary at the conference, while former deputy health minister Gwen Ramakgopa was named deputy secretary.

Like Mashatile, Ramokgopa also lost her government post in May when Zuma removed her as deputy health minister. She was previously mayor of Tshwane.

Gauteng legislature speaker Ntombi Mekgwe was elected provincial treasurer.