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."

  • I Like Everything - 2011-09-23 17:43

    I like that they're taking it to court.

      realist03 - 2011-09-23 19:04

      While theyre going to court they should apply for Cape Independence too,WE WANT A HOMELAND,,,where we(any colour)can excercise our right to true freedom

      Ohmikehunt - 2011-09-23 22:27

      Yes @I Like Everything - like your name, it appears that you do indeed like everything. So where will the money come from if they are successful?

      Dundermoose - 2011-09-23 22:40

      @ Firstly, I don't like you taking my face in vain! Secondly, money for what? If you mean for maintaining the current road network then money comes from feul taxes, vehicle licensing etc. And with government officials not dipping their fingers in the till every 5 minutes that should more than pay for things.

      Ohmikehunt - 2011-09-23 22:57

      Ohhh myyyyyy @Dundermoose you must be the bit that mum said they threw away :P Secondly, what exactly are "feul taxes"?

      Dave50 - 2011-09-24 11:21

      Maybe the case will set a president that can be applied in Gauteng, how can a private company sellect roads and take them over and toll them without government help, or have they already got approval for this like they did in Gauteng.

  • Abe Moshabeane - 2011-09-23 17:47

    I bet my father and your president, Zuma should hear about thus.

      AntonioP - 2011-09-23 19:16

      Hi Abe Moshabeane, He's your father? So you another one of his bastards!

      Spookhuis - 2011-09-23 21:28

      THUS ? Fool. If that's your father there's nothing to be proud about.

      Liberty - 2011-09-24 04:10

      he's not my president

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-24 04:41

      If he was my father.... I would be TO ASHAMED TO ADMIT IT!!!! What a FOOL!

  • BnQE - 2011-09-23 17:50

    Start a solid paper-trail - the sooner the better - with all the taxes on fuel there is no need for toll roads in the Peninsula ...

      Worldwise - 2011-09-24 18:26

      The N1 and N2 are not on the Cape Peninsula......

  • Happygas - 2011-09-23 18:23

    sanral is a bunch of arrogant idiots,its time the tax paying public stand up to these bulling basterds

  • Gerard - 2011-09-23 18:31

    vegetablarian........p.c.p.d. malema should start his nationalisation with your stupidity. if spread carefully, all his followers will be chuffed to get something for nothing. you should not use the words right wing and democratic government in the same sentence, if you do not understand the meaning of either. when you can seperate the concepts of democracy and mob rule, maybe you can comment again.

  • leonard - 2011-09-23 18:36

    Firstly,ignore crapatorian,he will go away.DA give them hell.Let them rob and steal from their own people elsewhere.We DO NOT NEED further toll roads in the Cape.

  • Justin Schon - 2011-09-23 19:10

    Western Cape Govt should bid to take over the maintenance of all Roads in WC. I think Every province should manage it's own road and SANRAL should not have a say! IF WC need them to build a road WC should manage the cost and the recovery of the cost! best practice is to add extra charge to the fuel or property rates or National Government should pay WC there portion of national Budget.

      Really - 2011-09-24 03:15

      like in the good old days. Even then the cape roads were the best in the country.

  • Richard - 2011-09-23 19:17

    Somebody with BALLS at LAST !!!!

  • ruben.maistry - 2011-09-23 19:22

    Just another tax in disguise by the ANC to squander our money

  • Anonymous Thinker - 2011-09-23 19:29

    And that freaking bad driving illegal taxis wouldn't have to pay toll as in jhb is the kick in the teeth. How the f do they expect the average person to afford these "government pocket lining" toll roads? I refusee to buy another fat f politician another unessacary house, car or airplane trip.

  • Chris - 2011-09-23 19:45

    What is the odds on the census? The pool of tax payers is shrinking never mind the returns hype.

  • Renier Lubbe - 2011-09-23 20:14

    YES,YES Cape Town!!! Don't take it sitting down like Gauteng. SANRAL tries to take the shine for the "nice" roads (already under repair) while the locals will have to pay.

      Spookhuis - 2011-09-23 22:08

      Ja agreed, if Sanral want make money they should toll the potholes.....hellva lot more of them around then good roads.

  • Pawel - 2011-09-23 23:54

    Capetown must pay like everyone in Gautent, it's fair

      phillip.havenga - 2011-09-24 01:08

      Just because Gauteng rolled over and played dead doesn't mean we in Cape Town must!

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-24 04:45

      Pawel..... looks like you have NEVER used that Brain that was given to you... hence the "VIRGIN"???? Last time I looked, the Western Cape is the ONLY FUNCTIONAL PROVENCE in South Africa... NEVER compare W/Cape to Gauteng.... Western Cape is run by HONEST PEOPLE!!!

      Phoenix - 2011-09-24 09:23

      @Pawel - you should have a close look at the way greater Cape Town is laid out. The N2 and N3 are the only routes the less fortunate have available to commute to the city center. The toll roads will impact harder on the poorer population. That is what the city is fighting about.

      Worldwise - 2011-09-24 18:30

      @Phoenix, the N1 and N2 serve Cape Town. The N3 serves Durban and Johannesburg.......

      tk - 2011-09-25 08:06

      Worldwise, I think he made a typo and meant to say M3, not N3... the two highways bringing in the traffic form the eastern and south eastern areas from Cape Town

  • JohnPicarra - 2011-09-24 09:45

    The tolls are bribery corruption and theft by the ANC genociders.

  • JohnPicarra - 2011-09-24 09:46

    I got the right to be free from the evil ANC!

  • eloffjnr - 2011-09-24 11:47

    With our corrupted and ineffective justice system I doubt that anyone can stop the government in any of their plans/decisions - but we can only hope that toll roads don't come to Cape Town. The Western Cape provincial government is more than able to maintain our roads with the current budget-allocated funds & taxes so all the profits from WC toll roads will go straight to the National governments' pockets. Poor people are getting poorer in a country where economic freedom is promoted to a murderous extent - and they want to install toll roads. Nice!

  • - 2011-09-24 13:29

    I have just traveled between King Shaka Airport and Richards Bay. The tolls on that road are over R100 and it is only an hour and 15 minute trip. The road is in a shocking state. What are the government officials who toll our roads doing with the money? Obviously they are not maintaining the roads!

      realist03 - 2011-09-24 13:35

      We will burn them to the ground if they put toll gates up in Cpt,then we will build a wall twice to size of the berlin wall and kick all undesirables out of the WC Republic,finish en klaar end of story.

      capetonian - 2011-09-24 17:03

      Why don't you pass this on to the relevant provincial Western Cape Minister? I agree with the sentiments expressed above. We don't need further tolls here - especially for the N1 and N2. We must fight this tooth and nail!!

  • TinaM - 2011-09-24 19:17

    I'm glad Cape Town isn't letting this slide by like the other provinces do...

  • ayob.mungalee - 2011-10-16 02:59

    govt has for too long viewed the Motorist as their cash cows and the adage that if you corner an animal ikt becomes unpredictable and will attack from its corner. the toll roads, road traffic fines by camera, fuel price, potholes and emmissions tax are enough for a new radical auto mobile association to be estab;ished to challenge these acts which amount to unfair discrimination and a breach of several non derogable rights entrenched in the SUPREME CONSTITUTION OF THE LAND. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH = LETS UNITE AND CONTEST THE ABUSE OF AUTHORITY = LETS LEVEL YHE PLAYING FIELDS POLITICIANS ARE REAPING BENEFITS WHILST MOTORISTS SUFFER TOKYO EARNS 9MILLION FROM CAMERA FINES DAILY DO U KNOW JUST HOW MANY POLITICIANS ARE NOW INVOLVED IN FUEL IMPORTS? EVER ASKED YOURSELF WHY DOES OUR FUEL PRICE FLACTUATE MONTHLY WHEN TAX PAYERS MONEY EST SASOL TO PRODUCE A LOCAL PRODUCT FROM COAL USING LOCAL LABOUR, RAND DOLLAR EXCHANGE AND CRUDE OIL SHOULD NOT AFFECT OUR FUEL PRICE AT ALL. LETS JOIN FORCES NOW TO SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH EMAIL afritalk at gmail dot com. to stop the abuse

  • grant.hide - 2011-10-16 07:55

    Hope this turns in favor of the people. Tough in the new business sector.

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