KIMBERLEY, SOUTH AFRICA, Sept 29 — South African Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has told South Africans that they must pay to use expressways because money borrowed from the state pension fund to build the e-toll highways must be repaid.
Speaking at the opening of the Road Accident Fund (RAF) offices in Kimberley in Northern Cape Province over the weekend, Peters said South Africans had an obligation to pay for e-tolls so that the government could repay loans taken from pension schemes and international funds.
“As South Africans we need to pay for the infrastructure that we have so it should not become desolate; we should be able to operate and maintain it. The infrastructure which is our freeways that you see in Gauteng (Province) and all over is part of the infrastructure that we build with money that was loaned from pension schemes and international markets and it must be paid back,” she said.
“And if we say we are not going to pay e-tolls it simply means we should not pay the insurance companies their money.”