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Applause for e-toll decision

2012-04-28 16:26

Johannesburg - Unions and opposition parties on Saturday applauded the decision by the High Court in Pretoria to put the controversial e-toll system on hold with immediate effect.

The transport department, meanwhile, said it would study the ruling.

"We respect the decision. We will study the ruling thoroughly and decide on the next course of action," it said in a statement.

The Democratic Alliance said the ruling opened the door for getting the system scrapped.

"We trust that during the review process all the financial facts...will come to light and we will learn who stood to make money out of this project," the party's transport spokesperson Neil Campbell said in a statement.

Congress of SA Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi tweeted: "There is no replacement to principle and truth - congratulations!!!"

‘Victory for ordinary citizens’


Afrikaner lobby group AfriForum said the judgment was a victory against the exploitation of ordinary citizens.

"If sufficient motorists were to refuse to register in protest against the system, it will add pressure to the legal actions on Sanral to reconsider the cost effectiveness of the e-toll system as a collection mechanism."

Judge Bill Prinsloo granted an urgent interdict, brought by the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa), to stop the launch of the system, so that a full court review could be carried out to decide if it should be scrapped or not.

"I make the following order... the first respondent [SA National Roads Agency] is interdicted and restrained from levying and collecting tolls," he said.

Prinsloo said that while he realised Sanral would suffer huge financial losses, members of the public would also suffer hardship of the controversial project went ahead.

Comments
  • Jacques - 2012-04-28 16:36

    Awesome, awesome news!

      brett.macdonald1 - 2012-04-28 17:02

      I read in the paper today, that a lady (a stupid one) who bought an e-Tag has had R2460 deducted from her account- before even putting it on her car! She tried to phone the SANRAL customer care, but got no joy. All these idiots who actually bought these e_tags and gave them their bank details are gonna battle with these sorts of problems...

      Xavier7034 - 2012-04-28 17:18

      We must ALL remember Freedom Day 2012 - it may just be the turning point for our young democracy....toward a Government FOR the PEOPLE, BY the PEOPLE and BY the people....not the Kleptocracy (rule by thieves) we have got now.

      Xavier7034 - 2012-04-28 17:34

      Oops that should have been OF the people....:-)

      tjohnsonuk - 2012-04-28 20:17

      Well done people of SA .. good to see you standing together and making a difference. Love it! Hope they scrap the lot for good as a bad idea from the start.

      Theo - 2012-04-28 21:28

      This e_tolling saga and many other taxes would never have been nessesary if there was no corruption in this country. If u look at reports by the Auditor General and many other investigations many Billions of rands have been lost due to corruption and mal-administration. That lost money could have easily paid for most of this. So scrapping the e-tolls is no guarentee that the government wont come up with other sick ideas to grab more money. Unless we have a realy competent government and leaders this cycle will never stop. We as the peoples of this country could stand together and stop e-tolling, so why cant we do the same with all the other failures. Forget about race, this is our country, black, white, pink, yellow,green, brown. DO it in the same manner as we all did now with e-tolling, without violence and destruction and change will be guarenteed.Make your vote and voice count!!

  • Andre - 2012-04-28 16:37

    Very encouraging! Gives hope for the future. Well done.

      thomas.robbertse - 2012-04-28 18:22

      ....after 18 years of free-flowing corruption.... It is a landslide victory and clear message from the nation to its government, this constitutes A LONG RIDE TO FREEDOM FOR ALL.... (our nation in desparation) In future.... THERE WILL BE SPOKEN OF THE DAYS BEFORE THE E-TOLL RULING... AND THE ERA THEREAFTER. ".... Mollie Kruger "

  • Oscar - 2012-04-28 16:38

    Thanks OUTA for standing up against the AfricanNonCompoops!

      Don.Tandy - 2012-04-28 18:58

      Anarchy Nepotism Corruption

      makenawn - 2012-04-28 19:58

      Next step we need to know the content of the contract, who is going to benefit,where did they get the money from,what are the T's and C's of this secret deal.Stuff secret investment not in my name.

  • mollie.kruger - 2012-04-28 16:39

    SANRAL, kry vir jou!

  • mollie.kruger - 2012-04-28 16:39

    PRAVIN, kry vir jou!

  • vivien.natasen - 2012-04-28 16:39

    Great solidarity from the people

  • mollie.kruger - 2012-04-28 16:40

    Nazir, kry vir jou!

  • mollie.kruger - 2012-04-28 16:41

    Jimmy Manyi, kry vir jou!

  • mollie.kruger - 2012-04-28 16:42

    Clem, with respect, kry vir jou!

  • mollie.kruger - 2012-04-28 16:49

    Andrew, with respect, kry vir jou!

  • Ian - 2012-04-28 16:50

    suck on it sanral, suck lekker and take a big bite of that poop sandwich, its all yours, greedy bastards

  • alettavonbenecke - 2012-04-28 16:54

    DOWN with SANRAL DOWN!!!!!

      Michael - 2012-04-28 17:06

      Yes down with them, they cant use tax money to sustain normal routes, and use Pension Funds to upgrade Gauteng routes, thought it was for the Soccer World Cup. Twats.

  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-04-28 17:00

    Applause to all those who did not buy e-toll you deserve it; and to all those who did hang your head in shame for supporting criminals don't expect sympathy if they take money from your bank accounts

  • Michael - 2012-04-28 17:01

    So, Pravin, who is going to pay for your BMW, stll us. But beware stay wherever u are cause i am NOT going to pay for ya tolls btw PTA and Sandton. WHERE IS TREVOR?

  • Michael - 2012-04-28 17:03

    I will and WOULD NEVER buy aan e-tag doesnt matter if they charge me ZAR1.78. I will never grant the SA Gov access to my bank details. Enough now.

      Michael - 2012-04-28 19:07

      So give youre banking detalis to the Gov. To the one whom \unliked\ my msg. See if i care

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-28 17:07

    Such a nice feeling when justice and reason prevails. The people have reason to celebrate. Cheers!! This judgement will probably make the ANC more determined to accelerate the expansion of their control over the courts, however.

  • thomas.robbertse - 2012-04-28 17:08

    ....a major win for justice and common sense! Every single citizen benefits from this judgement and the thugs behind the e tolling had their day in court and LOST IT BIG TIME AGAINT THE NATION !

  • Michael - 2012-04-28 17:15

    Ok, please tell us, is the court's outcome binding or is it till the end of April. And can the Court's outcome be reversed? STOP being so in the DARK and tell US! You didnt told us the Pension funds would be used, you didnt told us its gonna be ZAR1.78p/km. So TELL US! Actually you told us its aan improvement for the Soccer World Cup.

      Saamprater - 2012-04-28 18:46

      Tolling has been stopped for now. We need a full financial disclosure and we need a system that will be fair to the citizens of the whole country. Months and months of meetings and discusions lays ahead.

  • Rabohwa Phineas Masipa - 2012-04-28 17:17

    Jhihnbvg

      thomas.robbertse - 2012-04-28 17:23

      ......Phineas is so overwelmed he couldn't even type but we got his message anyway.... and are all just as glad !!!

  • Nkosinathi - 2012-04-28 17:21

    That is incredible news indeed but Vavi must tell the people the truth. Cosatu company ­Kopano cashed in R24 million due to its shareholding of 3% in the construction company Raubex. Its just behaviour hypocritical by COSATU. E- tolling must be scraped and COSATU must hand back the R24 million they benefited through the company that was involved in the construction of tolls. This is more like 914 Nigerian scum.

  • grant.hide - 2012-04-28 17:30

    "We trust that during the review process all the financial facts...will come to light and we will learn who stood to make money out of this project," Nyc. Popcorn Ready :D

      grant.hide - 2012-04-28 17:32

      No its not Chuck Norris :/

      thomas.robbertse - 2012-04-28 17:38

      ....... The next round is going to be the e-thugs throwing mud at each other, revealing all the facts and fiction.... Lets make this movie, we've got the stars in real life !! (Leon Schuster to direct...)

      gavinmarkray - 2012-04-29 13:02

      Haha yes totally- I can't wait: Just watch its going to be the Arms deal all over again- I wonder how they're going to cover this one up...

  • Christo - 2012-04-28 17:32

    Viva to the People Viva!!!!

      Judy - 2012-04-29 14:09

      ...ring ring, give everyone a round of Bells. Well done! I wish we could have a snap election tomorrow to keep up the momentum!

  • Andrew - 2012-04-28 17:32

    It is so great that the arrogant ANC have got egg on their face as usual by misreading the judicial process as they do all the time. No wonder why they wish to curb it. It is far too sophisticated for them to understand. It will be very interesting as to who exactly benefits from the e-toll system. Notice the ANC is mum on this point no doubt for good reason.

  • Stewart - 2012-04-28 17:35

    I am so happy.... I support those who act against tolls... We CAN NOT AFFORD MORE COMING FROM OUR POCKET.... yes taxi's will not pay but trucks that transport our food? They have to the poor will die in this country if they do this....

  • Stewart - 2012-04-28 17:36

    These people did not think of us... How many business might retrench or close their doors because they can not afford hiking prices in economy already under strain...

      Stewart - 2012-04-28 17:55

      I am tired of paying for the ANC to party while so many poor people are suffering and we have to pay for the roads they spend so much money on.... It is time for us to unite... No one will ever know how many people are against e-tolls... I will be one of the last standing in line for etoll... Judge Prinsloo has made my day.... Who can be for toll's while so many poor will die cause they cant afford food any more... R550 is not alot of money for SANRAL? Do they know there are thousands living on less than that a month in South Africa.... Shame on you ANC and those for etoll's.... and why do only the Gauteng people have to pay.... Unfair....

      Stewart - 2012-04-28 18:01

      Viva Vavi... I support you for standing up for all of us.... Keep going....

  • John - 2012-04-28 17:41

    The internet and social media have changed the world by giving all its citizens a platform to unite and stand up against corrupt and power hungry governments across the globe! Our victory over the etolls today is just one example of the power ordinary citizens have when they stand together against an evil and corrupt system! Well done to everyone who blogged, tweeted, commented and made their voices heard!!

  • George - 2012-04-28 17:42

    The immense value of an independent judiciary has been demonstrated and the SA public must now stand ready to safeguard its status against any politically motivated 'reviews'. Our freedom depends on it. Freedom must be defended and won on a daily basis against the felons and miscreants in our society who will not give up. Biko, Mandela, Naude, all the ancestors are there to provide guidance and support. But they cannot act for us. Democracy is a journey not a destination.

      rory.short1 - 2012-04-28 18:14

      I agree 100%

  • inxsive - 2012-04-28 17:48

    hope those that registered for the e-tag get invoiced after all. that would teach them to fold.

  • Julio - 2012-04-28 17:48

    There is hope for the legal system in South Africa, viva!

  • dirang.montsho - 2012-04-28 17:49

    electricity up, fuel up, food up. Now we must also give up the little money ehich is left in our pockets. Someone please do away with this e-tag whatnot.

  • Zolisa - 2012-04-28 17:51

    some people were confident that the court would rule in favour of e-tolls.Its a victory for ordinary people.This is what I like about these NGO's.They represent ordinary people.

  • Thabo Rony Dlamini - 2012-04-28 17:53

    that was a good ruling by the court. poor south african citizens can not afforf to be taxed by all means available to the govrmnt. well done to vavi and everyone involved

      Stewart - 2012-04-28 18:05

      Thabo I agree... Well done Mr. Vavi

      Saamprater - 2012-04-28 18:49

      Shows you what can be done if we stand together against kleptomaniacs

      monkinsane - 2012-05-02 16:20

      And don't forget OUTA!! Well done and thank you to them for fighting for the people!

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-28 17:55

    Well said zolisa we must all stand together in the future.

  • Christo - 2012-04-28 18:02

    Hay, give that man a Bells!

  • Mtibra - 2012-04-28 18:06

    Rolling out democracy

      colin.dovey - 2012-04-28 18:11

      YES - TRUE Democracy - one that we South Africans, at LAST can be TRULY Proud of - Viva SoutH Africa, VIVA

  • Ronald Pieterse - 2012-04-28 18:15

    Viva OUTA viva!!! viva VAVI viva!!! the people of SA won a great battle today but the war is still 2 be won! the tolls united the people 2 fight and stand together! i pray that this fighting and spirit of togetherness/ubuntu will live on in the citizens of mzanzi! 1love...

  • rory.short1 - 2012-04-28 18:25

    The importance of a thinking and independent Judiciary is high lighted once again. Politics attracts both the high minded and the low minded with the low minded very often being in the majority. The low minded's only interest is in self service not public service even though they would never say so publicly. An independent Judiciary is a vital part of the citizen's defense against the low minded.

  • Izak Furstenberg - 2012-04-28 18:36

    So. Was on the Gautrain again today. And it dawned on me: the whole system so far costed 24 bn, so, they almost spent a Gautrain budget on a stretch of road already falling to pieces....just saying.

  • Saamprater - 2012-04-28 18:40

    This is a VICTORY for the average citizen against the sick cANCer government. Away with tolls, away with anc with their greedy ways

  • Moroamadile - 2012-04-28 19:01

    Results: The People 1 - Manyi & Cronies 0. It is a swift and just way of doing things. I hope the likes of Jimmy Manyi won't take this personally. It is justice at play and we hope that whenever government sways out of the way, this just system will kick in & take over.

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-04-28 19:03

    Not one gram of sympathy for anyone foolish enough to buy an E(xtortion)-Tag. It was the opposition to the crooked system that put a stop to it, with a huge factor being the majority who have not bought the tags, rendering the system unworkable.

  • Griffen - 2012-04-28 19:04

    Give OUTA a Bells!

      Don.Tandy - 2012-04-28 19:22

      A double!

  • Ina - 2012-04-28 19:37

    Thank you OUTA and all the other instances that fought this e-toll evil! Eendrag maak mag indeed! And thank you also to Judge Prinsloo for his fair and wise decision.

  • leonard.nel - 2012-04-28 20:02

    All these gantries should be melted and a statue erected of Judge Bill Prinsloo with it. Well done, OUTA. They can erect the statue just before the exit to Pretoria CBD or at the airport.

  • Dave - 2012-04-28 20:19

    " I make the following order ".....probably the best words we have heard in a long time, and should go down n SA's history books as a turning point for this great country

  • jdhblog - 2012-04-28 20:59

    During the week I wrote about accepting our fate that we will have to pay e toll.\r\n\r\nIn the article I said we will have to accept the fact that we will have to pay e toll, but I was wrong. I made the mistake of jumping the gun and yes I was burnt.\r\n\r\nSo here come my apology. I was sorry for jumping the gun and making assumptions before the time was right and got my fingers burnt.\r\n\r\nIt seems that we will be expierence some relieve until the final descission has been made.\r\n\r\nTo everyone out there, whether you're registered or not, enjoy the freedom!

  • Steven - 2012-04-28 21:02

    There must be a few cadres choking on their Jonny Walker Blue tonight!!!

      Manie - 2012-04-29 10:17

      Ja shame, the x6 will have to go without the silver tailpiece and the 23'' rims this month.

      Manie - 2012-04-29 10:21

      Ja shame, the X6 will have to go without the 23'' rims this month. Its almost inhumane.

  • Theo - 2012-04-28 21:28

    This e_tolling saga and many other taxes would never have been nessesary if there was no corruption in this country. If u look at reports by the Auditor General and many other investigations many Billions of rands have been lost due to corruption and mal-administration. That lost money could have easily paid for most of this. So scrapping the e-tolls is no guarentee that the government wont come up with other sick ideas to grab more money. Unless we have a realy competent government and leaders this cycle will never stop. We as the peoples of this country could stand together and stop e-tolling, so why cant we do the same with all the other failures. Forget about race, this is our country, black, white, pink, yellow,green, brown. DO it in the same manner as we all did now with e-tolling, without violence and destruction and change will be guarenteed.Make your vote and voice count!!

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-28 22:10

      There needs to be a apolitical forum for us to do that successfully. If the people knew they could bring all the corruption and maladministration to an end, by joining hands apolitically - without risking what they believe to be a possible repeat if the past - perhaps we could overcome this scourge.

  • Parys - 2012-04-28 22:23

    Every citizen has the right not to contract and we should in this case refuse all the way.

  • Melanie - 2012-04-28 23:08

    we thank godo! Chineke