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Did Gaut­eng vi­o­late San­ral Act with e-tolls pay­ment?

Gaut­eng’s al­lo­ca­tion of R123m to help fund the gap needed for the new e-tolls dis­pen­sa­tion could be in direct con­tra­ven­tion of the San­ral Act, ac­cord­ing to the Op­po­si­tion to Ur­ban Tolling Al­liance (Outa). This came af­ter an an­nounce­ment by Fi­nance and e-Gov­ern­ment MEC for Gaut­eng, Bar­bara Creecy, that Gaut­eng planned to spend R123m in 2015 to sub­sidise an e-toll fees gap that had occurred as a re­sult of the re­duced user charge dis­pen­sa­tion. Ac­cord­ing

to the San­ral Act, there can be no cross-sub­sidi­s­a­tion be­tween tolled and non-tolled fund­ing and oper­a­tions, ac­cord­ing to Outa chair­per­son Wayne Du­ve­nage: “Tak­ing Gaut­eng tax­pay­ers’ money and push­ing it into fund­ing of a na­tional e-toll project would ap­pear to be a gross vi­o­la­tion of the San­ral Act.”

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