Congress of the People (COPE) welcomes the resignation of South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) CEO, Nazir Alli.
The decision to subject South Africans to extensive and expensive tolls on the roads that they have been using for many years is in conflict with the concept of freedom of movement in the mother land.
Government must take responsibility to build roads for the nation, instead of giving land to the rich private individuals for them to build roads and sell their usage to tax-paying citizens.
The whole concept of tolls on our roads defeats the purpose of the freedom of movement as it prohibits people without money from freely accessing workplaces, churches and schools, and attending funerals and courts.
The South African government must learn from other foreign nations like England where there are no toll-roads.
Another country that the government must draw inspiration from is India where everything, including go carts, bicycles, are allowed on the road to allow maximum mobility.
COPE says our roads must be freely available to the poorest of the poor!