E-toll payers may lose out if system scrapped

OUTA CEO Wayne Duvenage asked whether E-toll payers will be reimbursed if the system is scrapped

JOHANNESBURG - If you have been faithfully paying your e-toll bill, you probably won't get your money back if the system is scrapped.

E-tolls made headlines again last week following a Twitter spat between Finance Minister Tito Mboweni and Gauteng Premier David Makhura.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has now instructed the two to work with Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula to find a solution and give a report back at the end of next month.

READ: Outa anticipates the end of e-tolls

Asked if those who have paid their bills would be reimbursed, OUTA CEO Wayne Duvenage said, "absolutely not, we don't think so.

"We don't see how they will force [the] government or Sanral to get their funds back."

This is the grim reality faced by least 20 percent of motorists who have been paying their e-tolls.

"We believe the status quo should remain, if you've been paying, then continue to pay, it's going to probably last a couple more months," said Duvenage.

READ: Mbalula: e-Tolls decision set for August 

"If you'd rather have the money in your account and not Sanral's, then stop paying. This is what a lot of companies have done."

It seems it's now up to Mbalula to help find a solution once and for all.