The Minister of Transport, Dipuo Peters, has admitted that while almost half a billion rand in e-tolling invoices was meant to be collected from motorists, only nine per cent of that amount was actually recovered.

This means that numerous people in Gauteng are effectively rejecting e-tolls.

It was revealed by the Minister that R543 544 574 worth of invoices was transferred to the Violations Processing Centre and only 9,21 per cent of the total value of transactions since toll commencement has been recovered.

It costs the Department of Transport over R50 million just to collect the debt generated by this system from the people of Gauteng.

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The reply states that R54 735 638 has been spent collecting debt as of 1 March 2014. This includes R32 782 580 for postage and printing of invoices and the cost of the actual collection process which is R21 953 058.

In a statement released by DA MP Ian Ollis, it was stated: “The Minister’s reply reveals clearly that South Africans do not want e-tolls and they are not paying for them. It also reveals the costs of the administrative nightmare that has been debt-collecting over the past couple of months.

”The people of Gauteng and the rest of South Africa are angered by the unnecessary financial burden that has been put on them because of this system.

”The DA has held that e-tolling will be disastrous to the economy and the people of Gauteng. The DA will continue to put an end to e-tolls and if we win Gauteng after these upcoming elections, we will action our commitment to end this burdensome, and job-killing system imposed on our people.”