Sanral opposes AfriForum application

2012-04-25 14:46

Pretoria - The SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is opposing AfriForum's application to be admitted as a friend of the court in the matter of e-tolling.

Sanral's lawyer Bruce Leech said on Wednesday in the North Gauteng High Court that he took issue with the fact that AfriForum was aligning themselves the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) in opposing the tolling system.

He said a friend of the court assisted the court and did not take sides.

"AfriForum is presenting new evidence. It's inviting argument issues that are not before the court." He was referring to the publication of e-toll tariffs on April 13.


Earlier, AfriForum's lawyer Gerta Engelbrecht said the lobby group should be given the chance to make submissions to the court that were relevant and useful.

"It must be something novel... not what the applicants have already said.

"AfriForum can do this as it draws attention to the publication of tariffs," she said.

AfirForum was asking the court to look at whether the publication of the e-toll tariffs on April 13 complied with Section 27 of the SA National Road Agency Limited Act. It wanted the court to look at whether the classification of vehicles was warranted.

Leech said none of the respondents, who included the minister of transport, had addressed this issue in their affidavits submitted to the court.

"They [AfriForum] must not be admitted because they can't assist on the issues presently in front of the court," he said.

"She [Engelbrecht] wants to expand the scope of the issues with something new."

Leech said AfriForum's argument was irrelevant to the case.

Engelbrecht said AfriForum had been concerned about e-tolling from the outset.

"AfriForum has 36 000 members of which 45% reside in Gauteng and are liable to use the roads," she said.

  • Stille - 2012-04-25 14:52

    Sanral's laywer - Bruce LEECH - what an apt name for a laywer representing the moneygrubbing corrupt idiots that is Sanral and the anc.

      Clive.D.Buckley - 2012-04-25 14:56

      You could forgive a lawyer for representing a murdere or a rapist BUT SANRAL... how low can a lawyer go!!!!

      Piet - 2012-04-25 15:12

      And the treasury, would they have aligned them with Sanral or Outa?

      Vicker - 2012-04-25 15:13

      Mmm...interesting that SANRAL did not oppose Treasury's application to be mad a friend of the court in order to take sides with SANRAL...

      wbrummer1989 - 2012-04-25 15:15

      We are all against the E-Toll!!!

      Jaja - 2012-04-25 15:19

      Go afriforum go! Teach those suckers how to act right! Fully behind you.

      Godfrey - 2012-04-25 15:47

      Desperate times calls for desperate measures, hey sanrail. You are going down.

  • rbphiri - 2012-04-25 14:55

    Scumral has been dealt a low blow, they don't feel the pain becoz they have no balls. Let's aim for their head in the next court proceeding.

      Stille - 2012-04-25 15:16

      you'll only hit air. no brain, no pain

  • Shellerjc - 2012-04-25 14:56

    When our roads were so called IMPROVED in 2010, we are led to believe thaht it was due to the infrustructure and more over to assis with the world cup etc, we were NEVER told that in a few years we would have to pay for something we did not ask for. The money that was put aside for this?? Who put it in their back pockets?

      Cassandra Olivier - 2012-04-25 15:27

      Yes you right we all thought it was for the 2010 world cup why didn't they say anything about the toll gates when they first stared building them

  • Henri - 2012-04-25 14:56

    when is the report coming out that this will be postponed like every other CancER court case or review has in this country ????

  • nicola.killops - 2012-04-25 14:58

    Of course they oppose it. They are panic stricken...their little plot to financially rape the people of Gauteng is slipping through their grubby fingers.

      Marion - 2012-04-25 15:03

      People of South Africa in one way or another.

  • inxsive - 2012-04-25 15:07

    but its alright for the national treasurer to join sanrals side?

  • Ashwin - 2012-04-25 15:11

    Correct me if I am wrong: when we first heard of the tolls, was it not restricted to the additional constructed lanes only?

      Paulnicomp - 2012-04-25 17:04

      Yes you are right because I was very interested to see how they only tolled one lane of a road. This is where the consultation story comes from because they consulted on this proposal and then after that changed it to something else without telling anyone the details.

  • Rendy - 2012-04-25 15:12

    We, VAT,Income, why do we have to be ripped off.

  • Warmonger - 2012-04-25 15:13

    sanral *spit* scared of AfriForums' support?!??!? GO AFRIFORUM, GO!!

  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-04-25 15:32

    They should have said something about the tolls when they stared building them

  • Gert - 2012-04-25 15:33

    The government is taking sides with sanral- Afriforum can take sides also. You can assist the court doesn't matter which side you are on.

      Marion - 2012-04-25 15:47

      @Gert - the government is the only shareholder of SANRAL which is a public listed company.

      George - 2012-04-25 16:13

      This is not a government of the people and for the people but AGAINST the people. The ancestors are very angry and Mandela must be crying in his old age. DO NOT REGISTER, NO E-TAG, DON'T PAT FOR WHAT IS ALREADY YOURS.

  • Sibisi - 2012-04-25 16:05

    I cannot understand why the Government cannot pay the debt to Sanral. Recently there was a celebration that SARS had collected R741 billion above the target that was set. Where was that money coming from, from taxpayers who are paying from the little money they had worked so hard for. Petrol price, electricity, food are increasing tremendously. The rate in which salaries are increased can in no way be compared to the increasing expenses we are pushed into.

  • George - 2012-04-25 16:05

    SCAMRAL will of course oppose any move to shed light on its shady dealings. All corruption happens in dark places. Lawyers troll where no person with dignity will dare to go and this has been demonstrated again. Judge Bill has a heavy burden to protect the public against their guvmnt who know no limit to double dealing. Power corrupts and after 18 years the corruption is pretty absolute. Let's wish him strength of character to do what needs to be done and that is to send SCAMRAL and their fellow travelers packing for foreign shores. There is nothing South African about them.

  • IcemanGP - 2012-04-25 16:09

    SCAMRAL's lawyers name is Leech. How fitting.

      George Krillen - 2012-04-25 18:22

      maybe they are all family, the Leech family, robbing people

  • phoofolo.lebohang - 2012-04-25 16:11

    Viva AfriForum and OUTA,viva...together we can beat them.

      Deon - 2012-04-25 16:22

      Funny name in the new SA, hope they succeed.

  • Riad - 2012-04-25 16:27

    Quote: "It wanted the court to look at whether the classification of vehicles was warranted." Unquote. It is for this reason that I am Looking for a reliable Donkey powered Wagon to commute via our soon to be tolled roads and when I go under these gantries about the only picture they would get from my donkey powered wagon would be my ASS…… pun intended

  • grant.hide - 2012-04-25 17:52

    You'd make an excellent salesman. Forcing your product into our cars and making us pay for it. Guess what mr salesman, we not interested. If you signed the deal, you can foot the deal.

      grant.hide - 2012-04-25 17:57

      Wrong article :D doof. Was meant for the article saying that its the only way forward and that we must foot the bill that they made possible. Spending coffers money irresponsibly is one thing, but Privatising our national roads is theft from us public.

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