Newly-elected Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba has failed to deliver the goods. This comes after he earlier promised to eliminate e-tolls in Gauteng during campaigning for the August 3 local government elections.
Running the E-tolls system in many areas in the country has been a pain in the neck. In fact, as reliably gathered, one of the policies of the EFF is to hurriedly end the proposed toll system for highways.
Speaking further in an interview, Mashaba disclosed that he is not capable of doing so because removal of e-tolls is a national issue and must be dealt with at the national level – hence, the only way to end the system is by towering the Democratic Allaince to power nationally in the 2019 elections.
“That is why I will work towards 2019, with Mmusi Maimane taking over the country so that it can be dealt with at that level.”
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He, however, enjoined the Johannesburg Metro Police Department not to be used by the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) in checking if residents have their e-tags or not.
Mashaba is the first DA-elected mayor in Johannesburg since 1994. He was voted into office on Monday after he knocked off the ANC’s candidate Park Tau with 144 votes to 125 at the metro’s council meeting. He is expected to unveil his mayoral committee on Friday.
Sarcastically, DA’s Mashaba is the symbolic ‘Jesus’ that has come back to Johannesburg. His emergence is tied to president Zuma’s statement that “The ANC will rule until Jesus Christ returns” – a statement he used to convince people that the EFF, DA or any other party can never govern Johannesburg.
Johannesburg mayor Mashaba is an investor in mining, construction, exhibitions and events, real estate, fuel distribution and logistics, power generation, bullet proof materials, and insurance.