DA protest
DA members marched to Gauteng Premier David Makhura’s office demanding that the e-toll contract, which ends this month, not be renewed. Bhekikhaya Mabaso African News Agency (ANA)

JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng Premier David Makhura says he is not too worried about the DA protesting for the scrapping of e-tolls. Makhura says he has on-going discussions with President Cyril Ramaphosa regarding the pressing matter ahead of the elections.

Hundreds DA supporters, including the party’s premier candidate Solly Msimanga, marched to Makhura’s office in Joburg.

He was in his office despite the parliamentary and provincial legislature being in recess. “They are using the e-tolls for their elections campaign. I am engaged in discussions with President Cyril Ramaphosa to scrap the e-tolls. I made a persuasive call to him. He understands that these e-tolls are burdensome to the working class owning cars and middle class,” Makhura said.

In media interviews Makhura has said “e-tolls have no future in Gauteng”.

While he appeared optimistic about the scrapping of the e-tolls, Makhura did not want to speculate on the date, unlike his fellow provincial cabinet member Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi who pronounced that these tolls will be removed in the next six months.