CAPE TOWN - Gauteng motorists received the short end of the stick as Tito Mboweni announced that government remains resolved to continue with the user-pay principle.
The finance minister reassured the nation that cabinet had considered several other options to resolve the impasse over the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project, prior to reverting to e-tolls.
"Government has decided to retain the user-pay principle. While there will be a further dispensation and value‐added services, compliance will also be strengthened." said Mboweni.
He continued to state that not paying for e-tolls has resulted in the deterioration of Gauteng roads and an inability to maintain the network.
Mboweni encouraged South Africans to pay their bills.
"We need to build a culture of payment, as government services can only be sustainable if all of us that can pay for services, do so."