The ANC is now presented with the perfect opportunity to withdraw the Bill in its entirety as many South Africans believe E tolling will be a financial burden they simply cannot afford.
Members of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) Select Committee on Public Services received notification yesterday via SMS and email informing them of the postponement of the debate and vote until ‘further notice’. No reason was provided.
“The postponement of the debate follows a letter sent last week by my colleague Herman Groenewald to the Chairperson of the NCOP, Mninwa Mahlangu, expressing his concerns with procedures followed during the deliberation on the Bill in the Select Committee on Public Service” said Elza Van Lingen the leader of the DA in Kouga.
Groenewald requested that the Bill be referred back to the Committee for further deliberations and to allow for extensive public submissions.
“We remain vehemently opposed to the Bill as it would create the world’s most expensive toll collection system, undermine economic growth and ultimately result in job losses. We will continue to fight against the Bill being rushed through the NCOP to the detriment of South Africans” added Van Lingen.