Ramaphosa orders government to fix e-tolls mess

Staff Writer | Jul 11, 2019
President Cyril Ramaphosa has ordered his Cabinet colleagues together with the Premier of Gauteng to propose a plan to resolve the political fallout over the continuing e-tolls fiasco in that province.

The president had ‘mandated Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula working with Finance Minister Tito Mboweni and Gauteng Premier David Makhura to submit to Cabinet a solution to the impasse around electronic tolling on Gauteng freeways’, the Presidency said.

A spokesperson said in a statement: ‘The President has noted and finds extremely unfortunate and deeply regrettable recent public exchanges between Finance Minister Tito Mboweni and the Gauteng Provincial Government on this matter.

‘The President says such exchanges on social media are unbecoming of their high offices and fail to provide the leadership required in this instance.’

According to Ramaphosa, the ‘public interest is best served through collaboration, not conflict, and the appropriate platform for leaders to express and reconcile differing views is Cabinet and other coordination forums’.

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