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Transport minister confirms end of Gauteng e-tolls

VAAL TRIANGLE - Transport minister Sindisiwe Chikunga has announced the end of e-tolls in Gauteng and that motorists won't pay e-tolls from Friday. She says that the provincial government will repurpose e-toll infrastructure, keeping cameras for road safety and crime recording. It's uncertain if e-toll debt will be written off. She also cautioned that motorists seeking e-tags post-shutdown may pay outstanding accounts. She explained that e-tags will still work at toll plazas.

Meanwhile, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse says government has failed to admit to its shortcomings related to e-tolls. After its establishment in 2013 as part of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project, e-tolls will officially be scrapped at midnight. However, motorists will be held liable for paying their outstanding e-toll bills. Outa CEO, Wayne Duvenage, says it is clear that the introduction of the e-toll system was grossly irrational.

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