Roads agency says Pretoria e-tags fraud allegations were a hoax, but roadside e-tolling now illegal

An independent investigation into claims traffic officers were forcing motorists into registering for e-tags has found the allegations “unfounded”.

Accusations made in May and June claimed employees of the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) were stopping drivers at roadblocks and threatening them until they registered for e-tolling, taking their driver’s licence while doing so.

But after commissioning auditing firm Deloitte to carry out an independent investigation and allowing them to interview staff and access its records Sanral are confident there was no foul play.

A statement issue today said: “Despite the calls for witnesses and information, no one has ever contacted the investigators with evidence relevant to the alleged roadblocks. It was accordingly concluded that the allegations remained unsubstantiated.”

While insisting their innocence, Sanral added anyone stopped and forced to register for e-toll or for any reason that is e-toll related should report the incident to the authorities because it is illegal.

E-tolling is already live in Bakwena and a roll-out in Gauteng will continue in December.

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