Sanral respects e-toll judgment

2012-05-02 13:28

Johannesburg - The SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is still studying a ruling by the North Gauteng High Court which brought the Gauteng e-tolling project to a halt, it said on Wednesday.

"Sanral together with the department of transport has noted the judgement handed down by the North Gauteng [High] Court," spokesperson Felix Sebata said in a statement.

"We respect the judgement and will study the ruling and consider the next steps in consultation with our principals."

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

"I make the following order... the first respondent [Sanral] is interdicted and restrained from levying and collecting tolls," he said.

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

E-tolling was to have started on Monday on 185km of highway in Johannesburg and Tshwane.

Sebata said Sanral was an agency of the transport department and as such, its mandate was to implement policy. He said it therefore took its lead from the department.

"The agency is not able to comment any further at this point. We therefore ask that you contact the department of transport if you have any further questions."

The department was unavailable for comment on Wednesday morning. It said in a statement on Saturday that it noted the judgment.

"We respect the decision. We will study the ruling thoroughly and decide on the next course of action," spokesperson Tiyani Rikhotso said.

  • John - 2012-05-02 13:35

    looks like someone has their work cut out here......

      Alan - 2012-05-08 15:17

      roughly translated, the article means that Sanral now has to scramble to try to cover up and put their house in order, and do not have time to make comments. (Studying the judgement). And with Nazir now hitting the road, clearly there is stuff to hide.

  • Squeegee - 2012-05-02 13:35

    Good, pity they don't respect the citizens of SA.

      George - 2012-05-02 17:01

      It is a pity indeed because they are acting against government's own Batho Pele service delivery policy: The 8 principles are: 1.CONSULTATION - You can tell us what you want from us. 2.SERVICE STANDARDS - Insist that our promises are kept. 3.ACCESS - One and all should get their fair share. 4.COURTESY-Don't accept insensitive treatment. 5.INFORMATION-You're entitled to full particulars. 6.OPENNESS AND TRANSPARENCY - Administration must be an open book. 7.REDRESS-Your complaints must spark positive action. 8.VALUE FOR MONEY-Your money should be employed wisely. Everyone in government is legally bound (enforceable by Dept of Public Service and Administration) to adhere to these principles. The Minister of DPSA is bound to defend them. Alas not a squeak but hopefully the next judge will be able to remind him and Dept of Transport and SCAMRAL. In fact the whole bunch of them. Well done OUTA for abiding by the government's own principles!

      Brad.Kopping - 2012-05-02 22:24

      George when has the cANCer ever been open about Consultation, service standards, value for money, redress, information, courtesy, openess and transparency...?

  • Loo - 2012-05-02 13:40

    Wish they respected the citizens of South - Africa

  • Thabo - 2012-05-02 13:42

    it serves them well. they are taking us for granted.

      joshua.zake - 2012-05-02 21:11

      thumbs up to South Africans for getting together and fighting wrong doings by the government! shows potential of the country once people put the petty differences aside and fight for a common cause to benefit this country and her people... imagine the possibilities!

  • Mshini - 2012-05-02 13:43

    These crooks must be stopped enough is enough we cannot allow this to happen

      Piet - 2012-05-02 13:58

      jip gotta vote for the DA.....

  • Philip - 2012-05-02 13:43

    Rather odd how nobody can give comment ... Next course of action should be to take down the gantries.

      Martin - 2012-05-02 14:11

      i agree, the uv hurts my eyes at night, give em 2 weeks like the election posters

      Alan - 2012-05-02 14:54

      whaahaa - but yeah - this is the beginning of the end of Toll Roads. People have had enough of 'hush hush' dealings, and being ripped off at every turn. Time for the Govt. to get serious about service delivery and corruption, and to quit all the freebie tickets for rides on the Gravy Train. I guess Ali Baba had a sleepless long weekend. Whoohoo

      Sheik - 2012-05-02 17:39

      No, they should kept as monuments to ANC stupidity, with each one named after a corrupt ANC member. Sorry, forget the naming bit, that would require every inch of Highway to be covered with gantries plus most of the Motorway to Durban.

      Sinjoku - 2012-05-03 15:19

      NO dont take them down......LEAVE them there, they must remind EVERY SA citizen what can be achieved when we work together..... They must all become national monuments once this bulls**t scam is over.

  • Thoka - 2012-05-02 13:48

    We will study the ruling thoroughly and decide on the next course of action," meaning another way of screwing the commuters.

      Murechen - 2012-05-02 14:13

      The suggestion that the entire country pay for this, by raising the feul levy, is just beyond unbelievable.

      Piet - 2012-05-02 14:19

      But yet it is fair that gauteng pays for most of the stuff in this country? Remember your little provinces economy vs ours....

      Nosiphom - 2012-05-02 14:50

      Wake up Murechen. There is a revenue sharing formula in this country meaning Gauteng taxes do not only work for Gautengers but support EC, Limpopo, etc. If Gauteng taxes were used for Gauteng alone, we would not even need to raise the fuel levy and yo8u guys in EC , Limpopo, NW, NC would not receive any grants as there would be no money - your taxes are not enough.

      Alan - 2012-05-02 14:56

      well - roads are National Assets, and a fuel levy is the best option. The more you use roads, the more you pay. And that way, we don't get saddled with double charges because of the ridiculous costs of collecting Tolls. Also, people who have no option but to use toll roads to get to work do not get singled out.

      Nosiphom - 2012-05-02 15:21

      An those driving cars with foreign registration also pay up. They would be exempted from e-tolls. So the fuel levy catches all. And BTW it is possible to implement it only in Gauteng. Currently only Gauteng is paying extra for the pipeline - so Murechen in that case you would only pay if you use roads in Gauteng. Further it was daft for them to think of only maintaining the highways, what about the other secondary roads? Look at the N14especially from Brakfontein to Pretoria falling apart, because it is not tolled. The R101 also neglected.

      Sinjoku - 2012-05-03 15:30

      Alas... There is always someone that is rather slow on matters concerning the CORRECT course of action.....Murechen, guess what your province is probably being carried by Gauteng. So please refrain from comment until you eventually climb out of your little fish bowl. If we had to start saying that all taxes collected in JHB is only for JHB, and all business are only to do business in JHB, where would you live? My guess is, if you were to stay where you are currently, life would become rather difficult. And as stated earlier by another post, roads form part of National assets. Tolls are an inacurate, un-managable and unfair practice open to all sorts of closed books fraud, fuel levies is the way to go. But I first want to see where all exsisting taxes went to this whole project I cant believe with all that was collected over say 5 years, nothing was covered.

  • gary.megit - 2012-05-02 13:49

    Good. A goverment, any goverment, is supposed to serve it's citizens, not exploit them. Viva True Democracy. Viva Justice.

  • gary.megit - 2012-05-02 13:50

    Good. A goverment, any goverment, is supposed to serve it's citizens, not exploit them. Viva True Democracy. Viva Justice.

  • Nicholas - 2012-05-02 13:53

    We now anxiously await the breakdown from Sanral as to how they reached their costs and billings on the tolls.

      David - 2012-05-02 14:00

      That will really be interesting. Not sure that whatever they put forward will be the truth though.

  • Vic - 2012-05-02 13:55

    So scrap it Sanral! You're 'flogging a dead horse'!

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-02 13:56

    They will find other means to screw us namely a fuel price increase,we must boycott that too,we all stay at home for a month or six and see where the bigs go.

  • Piet - 2012-05-02 13:57

    Respect? Or rescheme to get the wheels turning again on this corrupt idea? o

  • Malose - 2012-05-02 13:58

    the high court is louder than the sa people.

      Piet - 2012-05-02 14:21

      no the high court has taken the people's view into consideration, unlike the ANC.

      Barend - 2012-05-02 19:15

      Now that was a scary thought Piet but also very true for taxpayers.

  • nicosmit - 2012-05-02 13:59

    the next course of action is to put the tax money where it should be. Would have thought government learnt their lesson with Eskom. Rather than sitting around a table coming up with ideas how to collect more taxes, why not learn how to spend it wisely...

  • Warwick - 2012-05-02 14:00

    "We respect the judgement and will study the ruling and consider the next steps in consultation with our principals." Bollocks - you have no principals sanral.

  • brianmacza - 2012-05-02 14:01

    If they "respected" the court's decision they would have canned the radio and TV adverts already, as well as the twitter announcements that tolling will commence end May. They are still selling etags in their stores despite the knowledge that the tolls cannot commence untill the court has had full disclosure, conducted its investigation, and taken action against the scammers within the Snaral and government who have almost certainly been skimming off the top. "Respect" is almost certainly the wrong word...

      Barend - 2012-05-02 19:46

      I could not agree more. They showed their respect to the daily commuters of these roads when they just announced the one day that these roads are going to be tolled. The busiest roads in the country. They must have just seen bucket loads of money. There is not even an alternative for those that cant afford it <--- they have not even considered the poorest of road users. They have shown their respect through and through. Thank you but no thank you sanral.

  • Victor - 2012-05-02 14:05

    I do not care what the outcome is I will still not pay !!!!!

  • Dickie - 2012-05-02 14:07

    And where is the negative idiots who doubted that the public would pull this off. sitting with a mouth full of teeth or rather keyboard full of fingers...the sad part is that they too benefit from the efforts of the rest of us.The judge should have ruled that anyone that had bought a e-tags must be charged for e-tolling untill it is scrapped. Would have like to see their faces...

  • Nick - 2012-05-02 14:13

    Lawyers are rubbing their hands with glee !!

  • Julio - 2012-05-02 14:14

    You mean they think they have a choice?

  • Bongani - 2012-05-02 14:20

    I find it strange that government and department of transport are crying poverty, but Auditor general said R25 billion was unaccounted for in government expenditure, but no one was arrested. If SANRAL is claiming not knowing how they will pay back the R15 billion loan they took (R5 billion out of R20 billion is already provided for via fiscal) why don’t they get money from the corrupt criminals which were not arrested?

      Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-02 14:23

      Correct, scammers

  • Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-02 14:21

    O really, let's see. Petrol price hike Road taxes Power price hike. etc What els, to cover up the bugger up!

  • Gladstone - 2012-05-02 14:26

    Who's tolling who?

  • Jacqui - 2012-05-02 14:30

    They are going to consult their principals and then come to the conclusion that they are doomed. But they are not going to tell us that.

  • IcemanGP - 2012-05-02 14:41

    "Johannesburg and Tshwane", ... um, it's not Tshwane, it's Pretoria!

      Piet - 2012-05-02 14:59

      it looks more than Tswane than Pretoria when you drive through it! - 2012-05-02 16:07

      I comprehend the reasons given for name changes but my question is: if the next president is indian will everything be changed again will OR Tambo be Naidoo international?

      IcemanGP - 2012-05-02 18:00

      @Piet, and ain't that the sad truth. Cities like Maritzburg, Joburg, ... all gutter towns now.

  • Matches - 2012-05-02 15:15

    Cap the tax collection at R1 million a month inclusive of admin fee. Once collected there is no furtyher taxation for the month. Equiopment and system are not part of the taxation fee. Once road is paid for remove all taxation. Remove road levy from fuel price.

  • Laura - 2012-05-02 15:16

    I think it is time this government actually took responsibility for their actions and pay the consequences out of their own pockets? Shame - pitiful souls might not be able to go overseas with their extended families and extra children etc - but for a year of them living on the same scale as the rest of the middle class, it'll take them a year to pay back and if they rent out their fancy homes and move in with the people in the townships who support them, blindly voting for them every time for no reward, that money will be paid back before we know it?

  • Boipelo - 2012-05-02 15:34

    reality of the situation is your system comrades lets get to the core issue here,when is the next petrol hike and how much are you going to increase taxes by next year

      Piet - 2012-05-02 18:02

      the core is to vote da comrade.....

  • justin.andrews.522 - 2012-05-02 16:39

    Is there no way this can be done with petrol prices? Can someone who knows more about the whole system comment?

      Barend - 2012-05-02 20:21

      A group was launched a while back opposing the tolling of national roads and in this case the roads connecting PTA and JHB - potentially the busiest roads in the country. I am not sure what this group is called but they claimed that the petrol hike you and I experienced four weeks ago was more than enough to pay for these "improved" road. This is also the group that approached the high court in JHB last week for an urgent interdict against sanral's planned first day of tolling and the court did favour the public's standing or more so opposition to this madness. The argument is that the government does have other options available to them but they only seem to take these "options" when a court of law intervenes.

  • aiazmir - 2012-05-02 23:52

    My dear fellow Gautengers. Do you realise that for 185 km of road we will be contributing more than 50% of the income of Sanral. Sanral is responsible for building all the national roads in South Africa. In other words, we will not only be paying for these smashing new roads in Gauteng, we will also be subsidising all the national roads in S A. What has caused this? The bulging stomachs and bank accounts of the ANC criminals. Wake up! The ANC are systematically stripping this countries assets and cash for their personal benefit.

  • Nadine - 2012-05-03 08:38

    Too all those who bought E-Taggs. Frame them and put them on your bedroom wall so that you can see it first thing in the morning when you get up ,and remind yourself that you refused to stand with the rest of SA, on an issue that was down right unjust. We had a name for you in the 80's - SELLOUTS. Too the rest of us - OUTA will need financial help to Fight SCAMREL and our "beloved" GOV. We will willing help out. OUTA send us your banking details.

  • Raul - 2012-05-04 23:35

    I am surprised that SANRAL respects the judgement. All of a sudden, Lame Ducks? They never respected the citizens of this country and were quite intended to used methods of intimidation and coercion and blackmail to force the e-tolls registration upon people's throats. It is UNFORTUNATE (?) that in a supposedly democratic country we have to resort to courts to make the the government listen to our democratic right of an opinion. Well study the judgement well! We are also waiting for the next course of action. OUTA will have all of us backing them this time!

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