The finding is contained in a report submitted to Gauteng Premier David Makhura. While Times Live reported that provincial ANC insiders leaked the finding – which explicitly rejects e-tolling and recommends that the system be abolished – it is also understood that Makhura is eager to keep the findings secret until his government can study it and work out a response.
The Times said it has learned that the panel of experts believe e-tolling will “strangle” the Gauteng economy and damage the national economy. Reporters quoted an ANC source who said: “The report rejects e-tolls. It says e-tolls must be discontinued. The recommendations are that, overwhelmingly, the people of Gauteng do not want this thing.”
However, the power to abolish e-tolls does not lie with Gauteng as e-tolls is a national initiative and policy. If reports are true that the majority of members of the Gauteng ANC are against e-tolls, this could spark standoff between provincial and national governments and the interpretation of their respected powers.
It is understood President Zuma is in favour of e-tolls. Should Gauteng openly come out against tolls, a toll power struggle could have serious implications to Zuma’s already shaken relationship with some of his senior party members.