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People held captive by toll roads - judge

2012-04-28 12:11

Johannesburg - Tens of thousands of people were likely to be negatively affected by the e-toll project in Gauteng, a judge said on Saturday.

"People are held captive by the toll roads," said Judge Bill Prinsloo in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

He was reading out affidavits by five South African citizens that described their hardships and how the e-toll project would affect them.

Prinsloo said there had to thousands, if not tens of thousands, of people who must use the toll roads who would also be negatively affected.

"In my view the nationwide objections and protesting lend to this," Prinsloo said.

He was handing down judgment in an urgent application by the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance's (Outa) to stop the e-toll project, pending the outcome of a court review.

Prinsloo said the main road-- which would be tolled - was a "massively populated" road on a daily basis because there were no metropolitan or secondary roads available.

Comments
  • Peter - 2012-04-28 12:16

    Judge....you are holding me captive while you are reading your judgement. Read faster please.....my nerves aint gonna make it.

      Kobus - 2012-04-28 12:21

      Interdict was granted!

      Jessica - 2012-04-28 12:39

      Yay the people have spoken. Thank you judge from the bottom of my heart for stopping the corruption

      Jack - 2012-04-28 17:51

      10's of thousands will be affected, try 100's of thousands. Hope you sleaze bags that have e-tags get ripped off -BIG TIME

  • George - 2012-04-28 12:17

    No more. Interdict granted! It takes one man of integrity to bring down the edifice of corruption, maladministration. Well done to all fellow South Africans. A group pat on the back and a huge thanks to OUTA; great bunch of people.

      Chad - 2012-04-28 12:22

      Wow!!!!! Thats a lot of thumbs down in one minute..... 148 in a minute.... Whos co ordinating this???

      Kobus - 2012-04-28 12:24

      Some script kiddy has obviously found a way to fudge News24's comments. Probably somebody with some affiliation to SANRAL and / or the ANC. I wouldn't pay attention to it. Probably deleting web browser cookies or something to that effect to vote multiple times. News24 should build a safeguard against this kind of thing.

      Chad - 2012-04-28 12:25

      Up to 221 in 3 minutes and climbing.... George you know how to get a response... Well spoken!!!

      Gregory - 2012-04-28 12:27

      Good one George, U really ruffled some feathers.

      Steve - 2012-04-28 13:05

      Judging by all the "Thumbs Down" clicks, a few hundred SCUMRAL employees are upset, the Judge listened to the Nation and derailed their gravy train.......

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-28 13:21

      We're just testing our manipulative powers granted to us in terms of the upcoming Secrecy Act, George. Just hang in there, it gets better...

      Martin - 2012-04-28 13:37

      I think the NEWS24 moderators are the only ones who bought and etag and are now "fiddling" the thumbs down button. This has been going on for a couple of days now on all the eToll...sorry eTroll stories

  • Tsietsi - 2012-04-28 12:18

    News24 give us the judgement. We can't wait.

  • Jan - 2012-04-28 12:25

    Now for a judicial inquiry into SANRAL

      Dave - 2012-04-28 22:19

      There needs to be an INDEPENDENT FORENSIC AUDIT INTO THE WHOLE GFIP. The 2012 proposals that SANRAL wanted to impose bore no resemblance to the original proposal my wife and I were presented with in 2002?. SANRAL IS JUST ANOTHER VEHICLE TO DEFRAUD US.

  • Grace - 2012-04-28 12:25

    I hope this sets an example to what actually can be achieved when we ALL stick together as a nation!

  • James - 2012-04-28 12:27

    HEY SCANRAL WHAT A BUNCH OF IDIOTS YOU ARE. NOW THUMBS DOWN ME. ASSWIPES

      James - 2012-04-28 12:46

      HEY DOES THIS NOT MEAN THAT ALL THE THUMBS DOWNERS ARE OUTTA HERE. wOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOO

      James - 2012-04-28 13:34

      I BELIEVE THEY ALL HAVE RECEIVED THEIR LAST PAY PACKETS THAT IS WHY THE THUMBS DOWNS ARE MINIMIZED. SCUM OF THE EARTH YOU GOT WHAT YOU DESERVED!!

  • tokoziza - 2012-04-28 12:49

    Freaking awesome!!! Thank you Judge Bill Prinsloo - a man of great integrity!

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-28 12:51

    Well said grace

      Faheem - 2012-04-28 13:03

      ITS ABOUT TIME WE DO SOEMTHING ABOUT THE PETROL PRICES AAS WELL....ITS STARTING TO GO TOOO HIGH FOR MY LIKING AND WE NT SEING ANY REAL BENEFITS.

      Leon - 2012-04-28 14:13

      About the petrol prices. Consumers should pick one petroleum company, BP, Shell, SASOL (only named as example) and boycott it until prices are dropped. Let it then engage the government on the legal battlefield on our behalf should they wish to make another cent in South-Africa. We have shown and will show continued solidarity on the e-toll issues. now let us show the same kind of backbone for petrol prices. While we are at it. Food is kind of expensive too!

  • Trudi - 2012-04-28 13:32

    The fact that we were standing together as a nation is the biggest + of this whole episode!

  • Alison Wilson Harris - 2012-04-28 13:37

    tks judge prinsloo, my argument is even if you don't own a car you will b paying for the tolls,through rocketing food prices !

  • Roger - 2012-04-28 14:39

    Sorry chaps it was me I invested a lot of money in Chinese lookalike e-tags and Cash Converters only offered me 5 cents each so I kept pressing the thumbs down button.

  • Jack - 2012-04-28 15:23

    In response, I expect the ANC to say the judgement was passed by a white conter-revolutionary judge. Lol

      Adam - 2012-04-28 16:24

      maseratifittipaldi, also thougt that was a stupid move on their part. Cant wait to see what their spin on this is going to be.

  • Dianne - 2012-04-28 15:34

    I think the judge was rather p'd off that he had to sacrifice his long weekend to make this ruling. Having said that, well done sir, you've made a lot of people very happy. I think the bottlestores will do a roaring trade today.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-28 15:45

      All thanks to the judge, but I think we must also thank the ANC and Cosatu, who decided on their own to postpone the e-tolling for a month, thus disregarding the fact that the issue was sub judice. This must have pst off the judge too.

  • Wesley - 2012-04-28 15:40

    Brilliant judgement, find it so unfair how we will have to pay to travel on roads, not to mention the private dr. Medical aids etc... This all because state is not providing anything. ! !

  • chet.dreyer - 2012-04-28 16:43

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • flysouth - 2012-04-28 17:22

    This is a great first step in getting these tolls cancelled. Thanks to a great Judge for a great verdict. But people - the fight is not won, we must keep up the pressure of public opinion as reflected here in these comments - it is certain that agencies of government will read these to gauge public opinion. SANRAL's losses are utterly irrelevant when weighed against the damage done to millions of peoples finances - and the Judge obviously agreed! As for SANRAL's problem now in repaying the loans to whoever, they can just suck it up - bad decisions in business always mean problems. They need to know that whilst we are satisfied that the Judge's verdict is correct, we also understand that this is a temporary stay. We need to continue to help make it permanent!

  • fiona.a.duncan - 2012-04-28 20:23

    I personally do not make use of the highways, but agree that many will be negatively held captive...if a family have to register 2 cars a month at the proposed R550.00 a month, already facing the breadline, the first thing they will do is lay off their domestic worker and gardener...what with petrol hikes and e tolling, luxuries are a thing of the past. E tolling will create more unemployment, so therefor....more crime. Do we not pay enough taxes? How much more does the government want for themselves, to pay, over inflated salaries?

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