VAAL TRIANGLE - The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse says Government is finally starting to consult civil society on Gauteng’s controversial e-tolls. Outa met with Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula in Pretoria yesterday to share its input and views on the e-toll impasse and to discuss solutions. OUTA founder Wayne Duvenhage thanked Mbalula for the opportunity so discuss its concerns. Duvenhage said there have been seven ministers since the e-toll matter started and for the first time, they are engaging with a minister who is keen to get their input. Outa believes a solution would already have been found if a similar approach had been taken years ago. The organisation says compliance by motorists has dropped from the scheme’s highest point of 40% in June 2014 to around 20% today, bringing in just R55 million a month - a shortfall of almost a quarter of a billion rand.
Mbalula said he had listened to both stakeholders and committed to give them feedback from engagement processes. The minister said contribution to the process by civil society groups such as AA and OUTA is highly appreciated and is an indication that matters of common interest occupy the national discourse – and so it should.