President Cyril Ramaphosa has reacted to the Twitter dispute on Gauteng e-tolls by saying he wants the issue solved and has mandated Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula to work with Finance Minister Tito Mboweni and Gauteng Premier David Makhura.
President Ramaphosa says they must table proposals on a solution to Cabinet by the end of August.
The President also expressed his concern at the Twitter spat between Makhura and Mboweni, saying they “are unbecoming of their high offices”.
While the President reiterated that the user-pay principle remains government policy, he admits Gauteng’s e-toll system “presents challenges in its current form”.
I have referred the e-tolls matter to President@CyrilRamaphosa for final resolution; My engagements him and Minister @MbalulaFikile have been positive. Minister @tito_mboweni can continue to tweet as he cooks; he is a Minister, not the President. #NoTurningBack
— David Makhura (@David_Makhura) July 5, 2019
@tito_mboweni the battle on e-tolls is not the Premier’s battle you are declaring war with anc branches and the people of Gauteng. You should be careful not to declare war with the people you will lose don’t think you are untouchable @MYANC @David_Makhura
— Lebogang Maile (@LebogangMaile1) July 5, 2019
So, when you invest in a toll road infrastructure, you expect a return for many years ahead as per contract. Right? Not the cost of your investment today. Future returns. That is what you do in business. Premier Makhura, correct? Or am I missing something here?
— Tito Mboweni (@tito_mboweni) July 4, 2019