cosatuSunday Independent reports that labour federation Cosatu has called for debt owed by motorists on e-tolls to be written off.  

The secretariat report to be considered by the Central Committee (CC) meeting this week states:  “Public roads should be funded from the fiscus not through underhand methods such as e-tolling.  E-toll debt should be written off.  After all, we pay taxes precisely so that government can build and maintain roads, hospitals, schools, etc.  If additional revenues have to be raised by the government, then this must be done through a progressive tax system where the more you earn the more you pay, rather than tolls, which take no account of the ability of the drivers to pay.”  In his state of the province address in February, Gauteng Premier David Makhura, said the contentious e-tolls project was a mistake which his administration had failed to resolve and that only the national government could break the impasse over it.


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