Court bid to scrap e-tolls fails

2012-12-13 10:39

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Gauteng motorists should brace themselves to pay for e-tolls after the North Gauteng High Court dismissed an application for the review of the tolling scheme today.

Judge Louis Vorster said he could not side with the argument by the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) that government had misled the public about the true nature of the tolls.

Vorster believed the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) and government did everything according to the book and that OUTA’s argument that not enough public participation was done was “unfair”.

Vorster said it was also unfair for the applicants to claim that Sanral had used the 2010 soccer world cup, held in South Africa, to neglect their responsibility of informing the public about e-tolling.

OUTA had argued that Sanral hid behind the soccer showpiece and used it to expedite the construction of gantries without properly following procedure for public consultation.

Sanral chief executive Nazir Ali welcomed the judgment and appealed to the public, especially the opposition political parties, to respect the outcome of the court case.

A visibly distraught Wayne Duvenage from OUTA said they were still studying the judgment and would decide whether to appeal against the ruling or not.

Duvenage called on motorists not to buy eTags, urging that the judgment would embolden the public to disobey the tolling scheme.

» This story was updated after first published.

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