Finance Minister slams Sanral's e-toll decision

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is seething after the South African National Road Agency suspended the prosecution of e-tolls defaulters.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Road Agency (Sanral) erred in its decision to suspend the prosecution of e-tolls defaulters.

That's the view of Finance Minister Tito Mboweni, who has lambasted Sanral.

Mboweni says the roads agency has not considered the overall financial implications for the country.

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"I'm very, very unhappy with the decision by the Sanral board not to pursue those who have been defaulting on the e-tolls.

"It's a very bad decision, they should never have taken that decision, it is not helpful in the bond market," said Mboweni.

"It is undermining what we have said in the budget that we support the user must pay principle, and they must reverse that decision immediately or else," the minister said.

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On Wednesday, Sanral announced the decision to suspend its processes for pursuing e-toll debt.

The roads agency says the move is to allow the government time to find a solution to e-tolls.

The debt could be reinstated if the need arises.

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is seething after Sanral suspended the prosecution of e-tolls defaulters.

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eNCA