E-toll write-off not on the cards, says minister
Sanral is owed close to R9.2bn in unpaid fees, with resistance to fees strongest in Gauteng
Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi on Wednesday dismissed speculation that his department was considering writing off billions of rand in e-toll debt in Gauteng. Resistance to the toll fees in Gauteng has been particularly strong, leaving the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) being owed close to R9.2bn in unpaid fees with the default bill said to be growing at R230m every month. Maswanganyi was replying to questions from members of Parliament on Wednesday afternoon. His reply followed the release of Sanral’s annual report, in which Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu said noncompliance would affect Sanral’s status as a going concern. Maswanganyi said Sanral was considering an impairment of part of the debt and any decision to write off tolling debt or to abandon the user-pays system would have to be taken at cabinet level. "The e-toll debt has not been written off and there is no intention [to do so]. Sanral has applied accounting treatment to impair R3.6bn of the debt. "The e-t...