Cape Town takes toll fight to court

2011-09-23 17:33
Johannesburg - The City of Cape Town is considering obtaining a court interdict against a highway toll project, a member of the mayoral committee said on Friday.

Brett Herron said the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) announced that construction for the proposed toll roads would start in February next year on the N1 and N2.

"The city has made it clear to Sanral that we are concerned about the socio-economic impact that the tolling of the two roads will have on Cape Town."

Disadvantaged communities would be particularly affected, and the city believed this impact had not been adequately assessed.

"We declared an intergovernmental dispute and have sought to act in the spirit of co-operative governance as set out in the Constitution to resolve this issue amicably and in the best interests of all parties."

Herron, who is responsible for transport, roads and stormwater, said Sanral proceeded with the selection of its preferred bidder for the project and announced construction dates.

"These developments have made it necessary for the city to consider all available legal avenues to resolve this matter."

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