Finally, a good e-tolls decision
Sidwell Tshingilane Soweto
Gauteng’s unilateral move – against the wishes of national government – did not just come from a good heart. It is the outcome of the pressure by civil society and an appreciation that the tolls could have, in all likelihood, contributed to the electoral losses for the governing ANC in the province.
But it is a victory for democracy because democracy says: “The people shall govern.”
Gauteng’s about-turn – even if it is unprecedented in our system of cooperative governance – is one of those few occasions in the recent history of the ANC when a province reviews a national policy. So the pressure is going to come from the ranks below on national government to scrap or amend the payment method.
My view is that if the e-tolls are scrapped, opposition parties – especially the DA and the Economic Freedom Fighters – will claim victory as they have been making their voices heard against the system.
My question is why the Gauteng government was quiet about e-tolls until after the results of the May elections.
And we must also ask why President Jacob Zuma did not attend the Gauteng provincial conference. Could it be because of his public statements about “clever blacks” and the condition of Malawi’s roads?