E-toll opposition fundraiser planned

2012-05-07 22:12

Johannesburg - A fundraising initiative to help cover the costs of a legal challenge to the proposed Gauteng e-tolling would be launched soon, the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) said on Monday.

"We are busy finalising the details... but hopefully it will be launched before the end of the week," said chairperson Wayne Duvenage.

The cost of legal fees which led to the North Gauteng High Court granting an interdict to halt the implementation of the tolls ran into "a good few million" rand.

The public had been "100% supportive" of the Outa movement and businesses also appeared to be "very keen to contribute", Duvenage said.

Many people pledged to give the cost of e-tag registration to the cause.

"E-tolling is an irrational method of funding the maintenance of our roads."

Duvenage said there was a misconception that Outa was against paying for the upkeep of roads.

"We cannot accept that for every R2 [paid through e-tolling], R1 is for the roads and R1 is for the administration."

On Friday Cabinet appointed a special committee to be chaired by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to co-ordinate all work around the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project.

The committee would, among other things, move rapidly to ensure SA National Roads Agency Ltd's (Sanral) financial stability was not affected in any way.

It would also meet appropriate interested parties to find constructive solutions and consensus on the outstanding matters.

Last Saturday, Judge Bill Prinsloo granted an urgent interdict, brought by Outa, to stop the e-tolling system so that a full court review could be carried out to determine whether it should be scrapped.

  • Jacques - 2012-05-07 22:23

    Should have read '...cabinet appointed a special committee to keep as many seats on the gravy train as possible'. That aside- I would gladly help out. Rather pay a few bucks now and see the ANC fry in court with all these shell companies and tender-scandals coming to light, that paying ad infinitum for a scam of epic proportions. Viva Outa!

      Adam - 2012-05-08 05:33

      If any money is to be paid, rather give it to outa. At least from Outa we have seen action for the people, but from anc all we see is greed and prejudice. mathlanthe has been appointed as a "cleaner."

  • Farmworker - 2012-05-07 22:48

    It shows are how greedy lawyers are, they must represent free of charge if they are so against the implementation of E-Toll. We are offering our free services by doing the demonstration and skipping work and guess what they can't do nothing for free? I am not paying anyone,lawyers or SANRAL

      Morné - 2012-05-07 22:57

      I agree with your overall sentiment, but in this case you need to choose the lesser of two evils. I'll support OUTA (probably to the tune of 10 seconds of one lawyers bill with the rates they charge). It is the only way we will get any justice.

  • Kholofelo Irene Maboho - 2012-05-07 22:59

    Greedy greedy greedy...I'd rather pay for e-toll than for the court case...

      Melusi - 2012-05-08 04:26

      i guess u like being screwed by scamral,enjoy!

      Melusi - 2012-05-08 04:27

      i guess u like being screwed by scamral,enjoy!

      Adam - 2012-05-08 05:35

      Kholofelo Irene Maboho, did nodody tell you that donkey-carts are exempt from tolls??

      Nadine - 2012-05-08 08:35

      hey Kholofelo - You'd rather pay E TOlls instead of giving a small donation - A donation is something you dont have to give , its voluntary- out of the goodness of your heart. OUTA did Gauteng Taxpayers and the working class a huge favour. We would have ended up paying over R120 billion to SANRAL over a period of 20 years. Think of the BIG Picture before you vote for paying E Tolls. OUTA will be supported by those who oppose the Toll roads ,in support of the poor, . E tolls cost dont just get absorbed into a companies bottom line- Increased expenses for companies means that the Man in the street will pay higher prices at the tills. Lower profit margins for companies means lower salary increases for staff.There are bigger issues here my friend. That's how it will affect the poor. Dont think that because the poor travel by public transport , that they wont be affected by the E Toll.

      Phillys - 2012-05-08 11:51

      by the look of your name, i'd say your quite used to getting screwed by the anc over long periods of time anyway. one small pomp from scamral will just increase the pleasure!!!!!

  • Adam - 2012-05-08 05:41

    At the very least, the road users should give OUTA the money they have saved on toll fees this week. We are all quick to thank them, now lets show them our appreciation. Let the anc (pty)LTD, and SANRAL both eat dirt.

  • deabreu - 2012-05-08 07:12

    Legal cost ran into a few Million, so I am guessing the greedy lawyers got their large cut, even though they benefit from this. Lawyers are so predictable, their only priority is money.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-05-08 07:16

    How about everyone in Government donates half their salary to their mistake in thinking South Africa will just roll over and take it up the bum with a cactus!!! you decided on this, you pay for it greedy thugs

      thabane.dladla - 2012-05-08 07:22

      Good frenchie they must cut their big salaries and clean up the cabinet cos lots of useless n underperfoming thugs. That will save billions.

  • Marlene - 2012-05-08 07:52

    Why doesn't the government have a fun raiser to fix the roads, I know I will suport that fun raiser because it cots me a lot to have a car an the podholes doents help, and I think I'm not the only one, in sted of the e-tall they have a fun raiser day say every 2nd month some of the money can go to the raod an some for the workers \r\nWell this is my opinion

      Susan - 2012-05-08 08:45

      Why must we raise funds to repair roads if we already pay for it with taxes. The money that should be used to repair roads are stolen and then we must pay again - no thanks.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-08 09:16

      Nice idea but the money raised from the fundraiser will never reach its intended destination. It'll be used to party, buy big cars and have nice holidays.

  • thechrisberryshow - 2012-05-08 08:02

    A few million to a good cause, is better than paying billions to e-tolls for life! OUTA did this for the people remember, so if I, EVEN conservatively, contribute R5 and 500,000 fellow motorists did the same, this lawyers bill will be almost squashed. thats a donation of 10% of the e-toll registration fee, not unfair at all in my books

  • Martin - 2012-05-08 08:50

    Jeeeeezus, outa i wont give you money either, i wont be paying sanral regardless of the outcome.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-08 09:14

    "E-tolling is an irrational method of funding the maintenance of our roads." does anyone really think the money will go to maintenance? Ha ha bet you it won't. How many companies stand to benefit from the tolling? A catering company? WTF?! Outa - you have my contribution, just tell us where and how much - and THANK YOU for fighting this for us.

      flysouth - 2012-05-08 10:39

      I am prepared to chip in a few hundred to OUTA - just tell me where to pay! OUTA has done a fantastic thing on behalf of the people of SA by standing up to and administering a fat klap to the rotten government we have! A breathing space has been leveraged open and in that space many things will happen - for example - I expect to see a clamour for details of the 33 sub-contractors who will all make fortunes out of e-tolling - these names Nazi Alli has so far refused to reveal - why!!!!????? I hope to see an investigation by the media regarding the involvement of players from the rotten Arms deal! I hope to see the DA going ahead with it's demand to know who - with names etc - stands to benefit the most from the entire e-toll deal? We, the citizens of SA will free ourselves from the corruption of the ANC and this fight against e-tolls is just the start!

  • Abram - 2012-05-08 09:39

    this e-toll thing is for Gauteng,there are no roads in NW,we don't want to pay for gauteng roads

      Alan - 2012-05-08 12:56

      Guess what - you are going to pay for Gauteng, and every other road anywhere else in the country. At least via the fuel levy you pay for the amount that you use any road without onerous collection fees. The cost of living will rise because of the roads, and nobody will be exempted from paying!!!

      Hugh - 2012-05-11 10:44

      Abram, like it or not, Gauteng produces 10% of sub saharan Africa's GDP. What happens there affects all of SA. OUTA are not lawyers, but citizens who fought this battle for all of us. They need to pay the legal team, so I'm game to support them. If SANRAL had got away with this, CT DRN PE and BLM would have been next.

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-05-08 12:21

    Devils advocate.

  • Kholofelo Irene Maboho - 2012-05-08 18:24

    The OUTA comm can pay R50 went to my e-tag wic will cum in handy in the near future

      Hugh - 2012-05-11 10:46

      well enjoy that obsolete piece of junk on your windscreen stooge.

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