E-tolls kick in today

By Drum Digital
03 December 2013

Despite numerous court cases, protests and extensive media coverage, the e-tolls system has kicked in.

Despite numerous court cases, protests and extensive media coverage, the e-tolls system has kicked in.

A last ditch attempt to stop e-tolls from going live at midnight was scuppered after the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria scrapped the Freedom Front Plus's case off the roll.

Judge Maria Jansen said the party sought wide-reaching relief and failed to make a proper case.

She said the constitutional issues related to the case were complicated and it had implications for the separation of powers.

Meanwhile, Church leaders vowed that they would not pay toll fees and called on others to do the same.

"We... church leaders have therefore decided to publicly declare our intention to refuse to buy e-tags and to refuse to pay this unjust e-toll," they said in a statement on Monday.

"We call on all other church leaders, members of our churches and all South Africans who support democracy to do the same."

The leaders, including SA Council of Churches president Bishop Jo Seoka, Central Methodist Mission bishop Paul Verryn, and Methodist Church of Southern Africa presiding bishop Zipho Siwa, said the decision had not been easy.

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