Engineering News reports that the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) Community Constituency has noted that the implementation of Phase 1 of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) was conducted without proper consultation and proposed the scrapping of e-tolls, saying the system was expensive. Similarly, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) reiterated its stance that the model in its current form is not functioning and has been met with strong opposition by society.
Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula has over the past two days met with the constituency and Cosatu representatives on issues related to the GFIP. COSATU shared its views on what government needed to do to pay the GFIP debt. COSATU general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali emphasised that government needed to listen and respond to society. He stressed that Cosatu had not changed its position on the scrapping of the e-tolling model as it currently stands. Responding to the community constituency, Mbalula committed to continued engagement with other civil society organisations and labour unions towards a resolution that all parties could agree on.
by Tasneem Bulbulia