High Court stops e-tolls

2012-04-28 12:22

Pretoria - The e-toll project in Gauteng must be put on hold with immediate effect, Judge Bill Prinsloo ruled in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Saturday.

"I make the following order... the first respondent [SA National Roads Agency] is interdicted and restrained from levying and collecting tolls," said Prinsloo.

Everyone in the public gallery stood up and clapped hands after he delivered his judgment.

Prinsloo granted an urgent interdict, brought by the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa), to stop the launch of the system, so that a full court review could be carried out to decide if it should be scrapped or not.

Prinsloo said that while he realised Sanral would suffer huge financial losses, members of the public would also suffer hardship of the controversial project went ahead.

An application was made this week by the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) for an urgent interdict to stop the launch of the system, so that a full court review could be carried out to decide if it should be scrapped or not.

Outa lawyer Alistair Franklin argued that the system was unreasonable as it had disproportionate costs attached to it.

"Collecting costs are exceeding the cost of improvement [of the roads]," he told the court.

On Thursday, it was announced by the transport department that the e-toll system would be postponed until May 30.

This was to finalise regulations and administrative issues from the public and interested stakeholders

E-tolling was initially due to be implemented on Monday on 185km of highway in the province.

SA National Roads Agency Limited said motorists who do not register for e-tags will pay a three times higher punitive rate for using the new toll roads.

  • George - 2012-04-28 12:25

    Now for the next battle; to defend the judiciary against untoward influence. Great results for a great cause. AA member for life! They have shown what their core business is, well done OUTA

      Press - 2012-04-28 14:20

      AA's next manual to contain a chapter "one-hundred-and-one uses for an unused e-tag"

      goyougoodthing - 2012-04-29 12:38

      How did it get this far when THE PEOPLE DID NOT EVER WANT THIS? The government should remember they are supposed to be here to serve - but that notion left the building years ago.

      Mattewis - 2012-04-29 18:03

      You said it, George! I'm sure the cheque books have already been flipped out for Judge Bill to just fill in the amount above the signature. Let's hope this doesn't go the same route as the "car price fixing scam" a few years ago where the eventual ruling turned out to be like something out of a Mafia Mob movie! I think nothing short of a public forensic audit of the finances of whole national road tolling system, should be the outcome of this first small step! I don't know if I'm just a pessimist, but I sure ain't holding my breath!

      Tyson - 2012-04-30 08:07

      Do not mix the ANC government with SANRAL; The middle figure was shown to SANRAL (Private Public entity) and not the ANC. ANC-COSATU committee is/was looking at alternative way of paying SANRAL's bill.

      Tyson - 2012-04-30 08:12

      OUTA needs more money to delay the inevitable! this is a victory my foot!

  • Sharon - 2012-04-28 12:26

    Oh, happy day! I wonder what their next move is going to be..

      George - 2012-04-28 12:56

      Emigration to Austria hopefully!

      proafrikaans - 2012-04-28 13:48

      What Sanral should have done, was to build PWV-9, which has been planned since the 1970's. PWV is parallel to the N1 to the west of it. Nobody would have had any objections to being tolled on a brand new road to avoid the N1's traffic jams. But no, SCAMRAL got greedy and wanted to extort the maximum profit from the public by going the easy route, and only widening existing roads. Slim vang sy baas.

      eric.rautenbach - 2012-04-28 19:07

      The next move? The plan all along is to stop the toll system where all users pay. Then force the government to consider other funding options. Revert back to tax, and spesifically the higher income groups...sliding effectively the previouse advantage groups are going to pay ...tx Judge Prinsloo

  • ntsakopatrick.m.goldenboy - 2012-04-28 12:26

    That is good news,...

      Vic - 2012-04-28 12:47

      Ntsakopatrick, definitely something wrong with thumbs; no ways you should have got 165 down for your positive comment, and in such a short period.

      Juicecard - 2012-04-28 13:02

      Can`t understand this thumps down bussiness, but sure Sanral is just shooting itself in the foot with this barbaric gesture

      dave.prinsloo - 2012-04-28 14:32

      the guy with the pro-toll poster outside the court is couped up in an internet cafe and livid

  • Alien42063 - 2012-04-28 12:26

    Liberty, Democracy and Justice shall prevail. Woohoo! :D

  • Connie - 2012-04-28 12:26

    Woooooohoooooohooooooo!!! POWER to the PEOPLE!!!

  • Vic - 2012-04-28 12:28

    Well done to Outa and Judge Prinsloo for granting the interdict. Best news for ages. Think again Sanral and Government!

  • Sechaba - 2012-04-28 12:29

    lol, to those who registered. Bwaaaaahhhhhhhh

      berni.venter - 2012-04-28 12:42

      Not to mention the apparent capping of the maximum charge to R550. One lady from Pretoria registered (?) and got nailed with a R2400 debit order! And the best is no one at SANRAL apparently can trace the payment...

      Sechaba - 2012-04-28 12:57

      lol Berni, where did the poor lady's money go to? Soon after Zuma takes his 6th wife Sanral can't trace the lady's

      Saleé - 2012-04-28 13:17

      Hahaha Sechaba. Funny, isn't it? The "law abiding citizens" :-/

      Nicole - 2012-04-28 13:37

      Good one Sechaba...good one...

      Themba - 2012-04-28 13:53

      The traitors who registered ... Lol

      alansmartSnr - 2012-04-28 14:32

      @berni.venter.. Lets also say Thank You to I.H.C... an obscure Hackers Club.. and apologies to the victim. It goes to show that the system would not work, no matter the outcome of the court, or future endeavours to steal from the public in this manner. And thanks to everyone and all for consolidating a unified resistance to become a victim once again.

  • Peter - 2012-04-28 12:29

    Thanks Mr Judge....I suddenly like you a lot !!!!

      George - 2012-04-28 12:33


  • Gregory - 2012-04-28 12:29

    VICTORY. ..... Eat s**t Sanral.

      Francisco - 2012-04-28 14:21

      the petrol price will go up again june, you will see, to make up for the lost money

  • Steven Ngobeni - 2012-04-28 12:29

    Scrap this e toll-nonsense

      Tyson - 2012-04-30 08:16

      OUTA needs more money to delay the inevitable! this is a victory my foot!

  • AdeleFHM - 2012-04-28 12:29

    Yes! One step closer

  • Trent Hodges - 2012-04-28 12:31

    Fantastic news!

  • Lee - 2012-04-28 12:32

    Watch the petrol price sky rocket now...

      comurray - 2012-04-28 12:59

      They will probably add 1% to VAT so everybody pays!!!!!

      friedrich.kruger - 2012-04-28 13:30

      It would have and will anyway. Sanral & ANC are just trying for a "Double Whammy"

  • Warren - 2012-04-28 12:32


  • Sechaba - 2012-04-28 12:33

    Can this Judge replace Moegoeng Moegoeng

      Clive - 2012-04-28 13:27

      Hell no! Because then Moegoe might have to conduct the review, and we all know how that will go!

      Zengfuey - 2012-04-28 14:53

      Hell will freeze over - Sechaba. Hats off to this judge. His brazenness shows he has nothing to loose and no politician to impress, because the way this government is going he will be sitting on the same bench until he retires - and he knows it. We should just watch this space and organise a huge oucry on his behalf if his bosses decide to send him to Pofadder.

  • maryjane.mphahlele - 2012-04-28 12:35

    good work#proud

      Sharon - 2012-04-28 13:01

      The government has achieved a GREAT thing here, they have united the people. Thank you, I know it wasn't their intention, but appreciate it nontheless!

  • Mart - 2012-04-28 12:35

    Let's not stop here....let's have everything overturned that the people have not agreed with or not been consulted on.

      peter.kisbeygreen - 2012-04-28 14:18

      Yes Mart, lets do that. Lets make our country totaly ungovernable. Lets sink the economy. Lets make the Government pay for everything. Wake up mate. Who do you think will pay in the end?

  • Lazarus - 2012-04-28 12:35

    Even when our oppressors take advantage of us,God is always there to rescue us.Thanks Jidge Prinsloo.Now they must pay back state employees pensions,sis!

      Philemon - 2012-04-28 13:55

      Agreed Lazarus. Thank God for giving this man the ability to make an informed decision.

  • Clinton Josephs - 2012-04-28 12:36

    This could just be a minor delay for the government. We need to apply even more pressure as a whole. But a definitive sigh of relief...

      Nicole - 2012-04-28 13:41

      Take seriously what Clinton is saying, trust me the ANC is not going to give up that easliy, they need this money to replenish the coffers they've been stealing from...and oh have they been stealing. We cannot sit back and be complacent we must wage war on many fronts to secure victory..

      Marion - 2012-04-28 14:09

      Go register on the individual supporters list at:

      Kobus - 2012-04-28 14:34

      The final victory it might not yet be, but this will cause no minor delay. According to SANRAL and the Treasury in the recent court case, all the appeals and reviews could potentially last well into next year. It's very unlikely that we will see any tolls in 2012, and, if whoever does the full review have their heads screwed on straight, this system is in serious danger of being scrapped.

      Tyson - 2012-04-30 08:14

      Do not mix the ANC government with SANRAL; The middle figure was shown to SANRAL (Private Public entity) and not the ANC. ANC-COSATU committee is/was looking at alternative way of paying SANRAL's bill.

  • dave.leverton - 2012-04-28 12:36

    "Manyi said: 'This is not just a bad dream; it's a reality, it's going to happen. No one should have any illusion whatsoever that this thing is going to go away. It's a fact of life and it's going to happen." Sorry Jimmy, what was that again ?

      paulgerber969 - 2012-04-28 12:44

      MI5 Secret Agent i wonder imitation James Bond

      Andrew - 2012-04-28 13:05

      I think that the ANC found Jimmy Manyi in the Jukskei river drowning and offered him a jos as their PR spokes person!!!!

  • thomas.robbertse - 2012-04-28 12:39

    I am by no means an economist, but if one were to calculate the following I'm sure that it makes no sense to proceed with the e tolling. It is estimated that 2 million cars are using the roads in question on a monthly basis at R 550 per month, this gives me more than a billion Rand! If the Gauteng economy has to foot this amount towards one single point it would be poorer of the same. It will no doubt have a huge impact on growth in the region and contribute to job losses. Apart from the R 550 per month the same (and other) people paying this will pay more for all commodities affected by these tolls. A COST SPIRAL STARTS AND EVERYTHING WILL GET OUT OF HAND.. Well done to OUTA AND ALL THE NATION FOR STANDING TOGETHER IN STOPPING THIS EVEL MOVE!!

      George - 2012-04-30 06:29

      And this hair brained scheme was designed by those entrusted to manage government finances!. No wonder we lose R20Billion per annum in corruption and maladministration. Th auditor general needs to do an urgent and comprehensive audit of all aspects of financial planning and management in government.

  • berni.venter - 2012-04-28 12:40

    VIVA people of Gauteng for standing up and standing together!!!

  • Grace - 2012-04-28 12:42

    What's with all the 'thumbs down'???

      Alf - 2012-04-28 13:01

      Don't worry about that, Grace. It is all the SCUMRAL guys who are all of a sudden all thumbs!

      venterh - 2012-04-28 13:08

      I was thinking the same thing, seems there are a lot of people that is ok with being robbed.

      Press - 2012-04-28 14:30

      Well - we know they dont post . . .

  • eugene.joshua - 2012-04-28 12:42

    Amandla! Power to the people! Down with Scamral!

  • tebza.radebe - 2012-04-28 12:43

    Oh how I just love judge prinsloo right now,he really deserve a cold bells

  • Dawid - 2012-04-28 12:44

    Does anyone realize that Outa is an old Afrikaans derogatory racist term from years ago? And that, very ironically, there was a boeremusiek hit with the name "Outa in die Langpad?" Sheeeessshhh...get a new name please!

      Grace - 2012-04-28 12:48

      OMG... Is that the best you can come up with? Give credit where credit is due! Outa just fought for EVERY single person in this country and WON

      thys.bester - 2012-04-28 12:50

      Dawid, ek gee nie 'n moer om nie...ek like hierdie outa sommer baie... lol

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-04-28 13:18

      Actually, you're wrong. Ta means man, or older man. Si means woman, or older woman, both meant with respect. So it's not uncommon to hear black people referring to older people they respect as 'Auta', or 'Ausi(si)'. Thus, outa, and ousi COULD mean something bad, OR it could mean something good, depending on context. Plus, saying OUTA in this particular context is derogatory, is like saying SEX as an acronym in "Synergistic Energy Exchange" is harmful to children.

      Xavier7034 - 2012-04-28 13:19

      Here are some other funky connotations for Outa: Music: "Outa-Space" is a Funk/R&B instrumental recorded by Billy Preston that originally appeared on his 1971 A&M Records-debut album, "I Wrote a Simple Song". Tourist Nursery in France: The ‘halte-garderie’ Outa is a tourist nursery facility, which welcomes your children during the winter and summer holiday seasons. The aim of the nursery is to accommodate your children on a weekly/ad-hoc basis during your stay in Morzine-Avoriaz. Words of a song: Presto chango, Bermuda Triangle Pull a album outta hat, CaTashTraphe'll fire circuit My style be comin off too hard to interpret. Maybe we South Africans need to lighten up a bit and take ourselves less seriously, especially when it comes to race?

      Saleé - 2012-04-28 13:19

      Dawid, go play in OUTA space traffic, among all the speeding asteroids.

      colin.steyn.5 - 2012-04-28 13:36

      Nice buzzword hey "Derogatory racist" In Afrikaans we have a saying : Hy het die klok hoor lui maar hy weet nie waar die bel hang nie. This is now precisely you, mr Dawid.

  • Lazarus - 2012-04-28 12:45

    Holla,.Heita,..OUTA PRINSLOO for Mogoeng Mogoeng finish and klaar

  • Arthur - 2012-04-28 12:48

    One for the people! Yessss!

  • Shirley - 2012-04-28 12:49

    Hooray! Someone with sanioty! No wonder the government is sohell bent on interfering with South Africas judiciary!

  • Gregory - 2012-04-28 12:50

    HERO of the day the Honorable Judge Prinsloo. A legend in the eyes of the poor and working class.

      Irene - 2012-04-28 12:55

      Not just the poor and the working class, there are people fighting this on principle alone.

  • Pule - 2012-04-28 12:50

    1st Malema out,2nd e-toll out 3rd 2014 ANC must b out in Gauteng.Viva clear party viva...

      Irene - 2012-04-28 13:38

      Now you're talking.

  • Mark - 2012-04-28 12:50

    Some funny business going on here News24. Who is manipulating the thumbs down (ie Nicholas 19 to 408)?? And in 17 minutes too! Is the Moderator manipulating these figures, or has News24 been hacked? Silence on this matter will be seen as an admisssion of guilt!

      Shirley - 2012-04-28 13:03

      I agree! Very odd indeed!

      Sharon - 2012-04-28 13:07

      I'm just running through, giving everyone (except Dawid) a thumbs up - show them we are united!

  • Vutomi Maswanganyi - 2012-04-28 12:55

    i am sure that who had secured shares on this whole e-tolls, meaning our government officials who want to gain more money from us as the tax money is not enough. shame on u...this should be scrapped not postponed...if not then fraud has become a new status in sa

      Clive - 2012-04-28 13:34

      Well hopefully the judicial review will also review and unravel the ownership issue and determine for once and for all, who is getting the lion's share of the money. Sanral's attitude thus far is so typical of someone with something to hide. I honestly believe that this interdict is the very thin edge of the wedge that is going to lay bare this whole crappy mess for all to see.

  • Zolisa - 2012-04-28 12:56

    Its good news for ordinary person who lives in Gauteng.These e-tolls are a bad idea.Our people r paying tax and the working class is suffering already due to food prices,petrol hikes.We dont plan / do research in this country that is why the state does not know where they will get funds to support this project. I think our judicial system is now protecting the poor which is good for our democracy.Pres. Jacob Zuma wants to review powers of our courts because his govt is always losing these cases

  • Mpho Makena - 2012-04-28 12:58

    give the Judge a bells

      Shirley - 2012-04-28 13:05

      Damn-give him a case! Still a lot cheaper than being bled dry daily by gravy floaters!

  • Andrew - 2012-04-28 13:02

    Great. No wonder why Zuma and his cronies want to control the courts because the keep losing with their useless legal advisers. Great news for democracy!!!!

  • Fhedzani Sadiki - 2012-04-28 13:08

    Democracy at its best...Fuel Levy is the way to go, I buy a litre of petrol, the fuel company send SANRAL a cheque...the cost for all of this will be the bank charge...

  • Jacques - 2012-04-28 13:10

    SANRAL is about to find out what happens when a million citizens stand together...

  • Saleé - 2012-04-28 13:11

    Good news!

  • Leon - 2012-04-28 13:12

    Buy the judge a Bells!

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-28 13:12

    The ANC today has decided to rename the Tollroad to Outa Bill Prinsloo Street.

      Gregory - 2012-04-28 14:02


  • Jan - 2012-04-28 13:13

    Are the contracts of all those who have registered cancelled?

      Just_my_opinion - 2012-04-28 14:52

      They were told NOT to register - the poor fools!!

  • SARealist - 2012-04-28 13:15

    Viva the people. Hopefully now a full review will open up the can of worms and we all can see what has really being going on behind our backs?

      Woliie - 2012-04-28 13:18

      I agree now we maybe informed who is scoring what out of this deal>

      Terrence - 2012-04-28 20:19

      Oh yes, hope the review will reveal who of the Ruling Party (sic) have their fingers in the cookie jar, name them!

  • Jan - 2012-04-28 13:16

    Are the contracts of all those who have registered cancelled?

      Gregory - 2012-04-28 14:01

      Watch your bank statements . The scumbags are gonna loot them.

      Just_my_opinion - 2012-04-28 14:53

      Karma! They were told NOT to register - the poor fools!!

  • Cora - 2012-04-28 13:20

    Regter Prinsloo verdien 'n Bells. Rondte twee in die guns van die motoriste!

  • Irene - 2012-04-28 13:21

    Shame and here Scrumral thought they were in business setting up shops in shopping malls only to fleece us even more. For their sake, I hope while the judge considers the rest of the case, they start making arrangements to cancel all their lease agreements at these shopping malls. I bet Ali Baba and the 400 anCancer thieves haven't got that supercilious grin on their faces today.

      Tyson - 2012-04-30 08:17

      OUTA needs more money to delay the inevitable! this is a victory my foot!

  • Saleé - 2012-04-28 13:23

    Ons betaal nie. Ons phola hier!

  • Freddy - 2012-04-28 13:26

    Sanral,Government: Now the people of South Africa will now teach you the true meaning of the words (NB Minister of Finance) "Make Do With Less".

      Press - 2012-04-28 14:34

      It should be "Do more with less . . "

  • Maetsane - 2012-04-28 13:28

    The best 18 year birthday present ever: Confirmation that democracy lives, that there is a separation of powers, should one wing get a big head.Thank you judge Prinsloo. Any more clever money grabbing schemes, will face the same fate. Viva freedom under the law.Viva rule of law!

      Marion - 2012-04-28 14:17

      Wishing you a very happy birthday Maetsane. Remember to use that vote wisely in 2014!

  • Paul Maema - 2012-04-28 13:29

    gud news indeed. I was on my way 2 tell dose who bombs ATMs 2 start bombing e-tolls cos dere is lot a of copper cables inside those stractures. No passing motorists will bother 2 call police.

      Vincent - 2012-04-28 14:00

      I thing government has alot of money cos with dat implementation dey could hv done something useful with dat money so i support da above statement. Dey dnt know what dey can do with money.