Outa needs R6m for e-toll court battle

2012-07-18 07:56

Johannesburg - The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) needs R6m more to foot the bill for its legal battle against government over e-tolling, according to a report on Wednesday.

"The funding is coming, we are halfway there," Outa chairperson Wayne Duvenhage told the Business Day.

"We are confident we will get there in time, it is slower than one would have hoped."

Outa needed R10.8m to cover the costs of two legal cases relating to Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project.

It has raised R4.8m so far.

The e-tolling project was recently halted after Outa filed an urgent application in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

The court granted an interdict preventing the SA National Roads Agency Limited from levying or collecting e-tolls pending the outcome of a judicial review.

  • martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-18 08:08

    i was so keen on public disobedience

  • cindy.l.laing - 2012-07-18 08:16

    I think we should all donate to this worthy cause, Outa are there for us.

  • spookhuis - 2012-07-18 08:24

    Wonder how much the lawyers are donating?

  • David - 2012-07-18 08:26

    Interestingly, OUTA are thinking of introducing an electronic payment system that will be used to recover the lawyer fees from the motorist, however they estimate that they will need to invest in infrastructure to facilitate this….oh….wait….

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-07-18 08:33

    Bizarre to think that we are helping Outa to raise this money and indirectly we are also paying for the governments Constitutional court battle with our taxes.

      Press - 2012-07-18 09:04

      Well at least in Outa's case you are exercising free will . . .

      Richard - 2012-07-18 11:05

      Good point Nicholas, but I think we should all donate to OUTA to fight this battle. I don't use the highways frequently, but ordinary citizens surely cannot afford this daily burden. If there was a viable alternative public transport system in Gauteng, it would be different and I would support tolling. But a reckless, often unroadworthy taxi is not my idea of ideal safe public transport...

  • modulor.monk - 2012-07-18 08:38


      jimmy.pop.142 - 2012-07-18 09:00

  • pietertjie.pompies - 2012-07-18 08:44

    Dit wys net hoe inhalig die advokate en prokureurs is. Verbeel jou, 'n paar miljoen vir 'n paar dae se werk?

      jimmy.pop.142 - 2012-07-18 09:01

      I agree, it's disgusting. Advocates and lawyers are the true scum of the world

      raath - 2012-07-18 12:49

      There are many more people to be payed in a court case - not just the advocates and attorneys. I am also sure some of them are doing pro-bono work for this, as it is a class action. Let's not speculate on where the money is spent, give them the benefit of the doubt. They are trying to help us, after all. I'd rather donate to OUTA, than to SANRAL each month.

  • alan.ingram.355 - 2012-07-18 08:51

    Where are all the wealthly lawers with their mega bucks..... give for a good cause !!!

  • shane.jacoby.3 - 2012-07-18 09:03

    So why re- invent the wheel? OUTA could market these new e- tags, which could use existing gantries littered all over Gauteng, to elicit payment from motorists, whether they like it or not.. They could force you to hand over your bank details, and reserve the rights to increase toll fees at their sole discretion... hell they could even refuse to renew your vehicle license if you don't pay... Then they could squirrel away most of the money to a European dummy company, and use a small percentage to fight the government's oppressive plans to manipulate the population into poverty... That is of course if there is anything left after they pay exorbitant costs to their family members, who will be responsible for gathering the fees.... Simple really... all they need is an inside connection in government to approve all this.... but that would add exponentially to the costs...

      Kala - 2012-07-18 13:56

      I don't think you thoughtB4spoke

  • richy.rex.77 - 2012-07-18 09:18

    How do we contribute to this?

  • Henk - 2012-07-18 10:02

    Dismantle the gantries ANC! Or are you going ahead with this after the elections?

      Steve - 2012-07-18 14:39

      And stop wasting electricity keeping those blue lights on every night for no purpose.

  • danny.archer.589 - 2012-07-18 15:02

    Donate people! I've already given them a grand and I don't even use the highways! I just enjoy seeing the ANC get its nose bloodied in the ConCourt!

  • TshilidziPhuravhathu - 2012-07-18 15:02

    Im all for this good cause, but how about the layers them selves render some of their services for free as a sign of good will for the good of all tax payers? Im sure we would need half the amount at least if did that...

  • thabzmadi - 2012-07-19 07:32

    I donated...please do!!! Keep the freeway free!!!

  • danny.archer.589 - 2012-08-06 16:02

    I've donated a grand people, and I don't even use the highways.

  • danny.archer.589 - 2012-08-06 16:04

    Your chance to give the ANC a blood nose.

  • tony.dakyns - 2012-08-06 17:48

    This is probably the only way we can take a stand against exploitation by a Government that thinks it can impose its will with impunity. My comment is addressed to everyone who is disgruntled, prepared to complain but not prepared to do anything. OUTA is acting on our behalf and we need to support them financially. If they run out of money it will be no good complaining after the event. Do something positive and donate. We cannot afford Urban tolling and need to send a message for the future!

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