ConCourt to hear e-toll case in August

2012-06-06 13:49

Johannesburg - The Constitutional Court will hear arguments in the e-toll case on August 15, chairperson of the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) Wayne Duvenage said on Wednesday.

"The Constitutional Court has indicated that they will sit on August 15 to hear the leave to appeal," Duvenage said.

On April 28, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria handed down an order preventing the SA National Roads Agency Ltd (Sanral) from levying or collecting e-tolls pending the outcome of a judicial review.

Last month, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan applied to the Constitutional Court to set aside this court order. Gordhan argued that Judge Bill Prinsloo had ignored the principle of separation of powers.

He said the decision to halt e-tolling would negatively affect the economy. In its reply, Outa said the Sanral was still not ready to launch the project.

Under the e-toll project, motorists will pay over 35c/km to travel on some of Gauteng's freeways.

The project was to have been launched on April 30, but was postponed for a month after a meeting between the ANC and its alliance partner, the Congress of SA Trade Unions.

On August 15, the Constitutional Court will hear arguments about why it should grant leave to appeal the High Court judgment.

  • Alan - 2012-06-06 14:03

    I aint paying.....

      Alan - 2012-06-06 15:50

      Me neither

      Alan - 2012-06-06 15:51

      But I am contributing to OUTA to cover their legal costs.

  • Twentyfivemay - 2012-06-06 14:04


  • Vusi - 2012-06-06 14:10

    we will not pay

  • Richmond - 2012-06-06 14:12

    Let decision-makers eat cake!

  • Richard - 2012-06-06 14:14

    Rest assured, win or lose we will pay the bill one way or another. Already we are being told that in light of this saga roads will not be upgraded so we as consumer and taxpayer can no longer expect to have roads maintained till we start paying for it. Time to buy an old army tank to brave our roads to come.

      Alan - 2012-06-06 14:45

      Sure the bill for the upgrades will have to be paid for by the taxpayers - it's the Govt's sole surce of funding. But we refuse to pay double for 'collecting' the money. That just AINT GONNA HAPPEN.

      Alan - 2012-06-06 14:48

      There are two bills to pay here: one for the enormous R20 BILLION RANDS spent non-transparently and without proper prior consultation by Sanral, (which needs thorough investigation). Very little of this, if any, will be used to improve roads. Two; yes, roads definitely need to be maintained, and the DA has come up with practical solutions to do it - ringfencing petrol levies etc. But this way is unpopular with the ANC because they cannot then steal public money so easily.

  • Johnathon - 2012-06-06 15:53

    ][][ - Gauteng road project costs rocket - May 25 2012 - 13:58 - Fin24 - Johannesburg - The costs of the first phase of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) have increased significantly to almost R90bn, ITWeb Financial reported. Democratic Alliance Gauteng transport spokesperson Neil Campbell said the entire project, not just phase one, was estimated to cost R6.3bn.He said the opposition was shocked at the extremely high cost increases of the GFIP and e-tolling, the website reports. The figures have never been made public, despite attempts by the DA and media to access the information, he is reported as saying - ][][ I read this article in News 24, and am just so shocked at how SANRAL was able to overspend its Gauteng Freeway budget by 1500%, to spend a whopping 90bil in total ( R84bil more than the R6bil budgeted for ) This expenditure dwarfs the whole arms deal, yet the public has never asked the Government for any explanation. All we ever hear about, is the R20bil SANRAL must recover through e-tolling. Just what the hell is going on with this Government of ours ?

      George - 2012-06-06 19:03

      Absolutely. Public Protector where are you?

  • Charles Skosana - 2012-06-06 17:38

    A living bill in Emzansi is getting high day by day, the painful part of it is people who lives below the breadline are suffering even more..

  • Brent - 2012-06-06 18:37

    Pravin Gordon, in your eye. You tried to get them to come in during July when they are on leave and now you have your answer from the Justice Department. No! If this doesn't already send you a message then wake up and smell the roses.

  • George - 2012-06-06 18:58

    The people have spoken and the vote is no to e-tolling. Government as the servant of the people in a democratic state MUST obey the will of the people especially when the cause is just and against what appears to be a corrupt arrangement to defraud taxpayers of vast sums of money. If the court fails to see that then the people will resort to civil disobedience. May the court have eyes to see what was so obvious to the High Court. Its credibility will be on the line.

  • Warwick - 2012-06-07 07:38

    Stop the troll tax, stop anc corruption, stop sanral...............go for the kill OUTA, we will never comply with anc sanctioned corruption. We are the ungovernable force. Do the right thing, resist the tolls - all tolls.

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