As the Public Protector looks into tender irregularities surrounding the e-tolling contract – government says the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) should be given space to do its work.
Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela, recently announced a preliminary investigation into complaints of allegations of tender irregularities and improper relationship linking the company that won the -toll system tender with the Arms Deal company would be conducted.
In 2009, Sanral awarded the R1.6 billion contract for the implementation and operation of e-tolling systems to the Electronic Toll Collections (ETC) consortium. The group is 85% owned by intelligent road traffic telematics company Kapsch, with the rest owned by local partner Traffic Management Technology.
CEO of the South African National Road Agency Limited (Sanral), Nazir Alli, has resigned.
Alli’s resignation comes a week after a court ruling halting the multi-billion rand e-tolling project and allowing for a review of the initiative which was scheduled to start on 30 April.
Chairperson of the board, Tembakazi Mnyaka, said that during a meeting on Monday, the board had accepted Alli’s resignation. Alli has agreed to continue in
his post until 3 June 2012. As CEO, Alli, had led the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) – an initiative which will lead to the upgrade or construction of approximately 500 kms or road around the Tshwane, Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni metros.