KZN R2K OPPOSE WESTERN CAPE E-TOLLS
By: Nhlanhla Ndlovu
The KwaZulu-Natal Right To Know (R2K) has joined Western Cape in challenging the South African National Roads Agency’s (SANRAL) attempt to hide information about its proposal to put e-tolls in Cape Town.
Western Cape R2K demanded answers from SANRAL since they are planning to introduce two E-tolls in the provinces.
The organisation is well known for opposing the secrecy bill in past years. The province’s body of the organisation gathered near City Hall on Monday.
Organiser of the gathering Joanne Adams said they wanted to bring the issue to the notice of KZN people.Since the information about E-tolls in the Western Cape was kept confidential she believes that “it can happen any time” in the second most populated province.
“All their points might not make sense to us but it makes sense to them- that is why we say Western Cape today, KZN tomorrow,” Adams said.
Adams revealed that their Western Cape branch requested information about the E-tolls in the provinces.
“SANRAL refused to divulge the information. That’s why we say no secrets no lies,” she added.
She mentioned that they have partnered with Open Democracy Advice Centre (ODEC) and section 16 to take the Western Cape matter to court.
Although the SANRAL’s proposals affect everyone, Xolani Khumalo believes that the organisation is trying the unachievable.
“They are taking the wrong angle to fight E-Tolls because they will be told but that won’t stop SANRAL to install them,” he said.
Khumalo said when he was in Johannesburg, he noticed that they are costly since they are in the city centre.
“They introduce them in the busiest streets and that forces us (motorists) to take taxis,” Khumalo added.
He said they should have replaced tollgates, and believes that R2K needs other alternatives in fighting them.