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EDITORIAL | Stop stalling: e-tolls axe can no longer hover ...


EDITORIAL | Stop stalling: e-tolls axe can no longer hover overhead

It would be outright unfair and unacceptable to keep South Africans stuck in limbo


Much like the sound of Tell-tale Heart, the sound of the clock fast ticking against Fikile Mbalula must be growing louder. The transport minister on May 6 promised that “in the next two weeks (https://www.timeslive.co.za/politics/2021-05-06-mbalula-promises-solution-to-gauteng-e-tolls-saga-in-two-weeks/)” and “before we table our budget vote speech” South Africans would have an answer to the ongoing e-tolls saga.

Thursday, May 20, is exactly two weeks – and his budget vote speech is scheduled for Friday, May 21. The time is fast running out.

But did we really expect this promised deadline to be met? If we’re honest with ourselves, probably not. Because Mbalula has made a deadline promise about the controversial tolling system in the past and missed it. One of those promises was way back in October 2019 (https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2019-10-31-future-of-e-tolls-to-be-known-in-two-weeks-mbalula/), when he also promised the solution would be announced “in the next two weeks”. But there was no such announcement...

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