Sanral won't appeal decision - lawyer

2012-05-15 10:14

Johannesburg - The SA National Roads Agency Ltd (Sanral) will not appeal against the temporary court order halting e-tolling, it was reported on Tuesday.

This has emerged from a letter from Sanral's lawyers, Beeld newspaper reported.

Pieter Conradie, lawyer for the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance, said on Monday he had thus far not received any notification that requests to lodge an appeal had been handed in.

Judge Bill Prinsloo issued a court order on April 28 in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria against the rollout of the e-tolling system in Gauteng.

The order prevents Sanral from levying tolls on Gauteng's roads before the entire system and decisions pertaining to it have been examined in a revision hearing.

Conradie said although neither the transport department, Sanral, nor the Treasury had given any indication that they planned to appeal, he had received a letter from Sanral's lawyers.

"According to the letter, Sanral will make its records available to us this week."

These records included agreements signed with Electronic Toll Collection, the company contracted to levy the tolls.

  • Kala - 2012-05-15 10:22

    Thats because you have no money!!!!

      Alan - 2012-05-15 10:27

      more likely because they do not have a leg to stand on!

      hayden.cajee - 2012-05-15 11:07

      Where theres smoke, theres FIRE!!

      rbphiri - 2012-05-15 11:49

      Aaah financially molestation has taken its TOLL huh Sanral. Karma really has its moments of irony, a little while ago civil society were on the defensive trying to fend off these financial paedophiles, but look who has reached a cul de sac now. Nazir left, I see more cowards abandoning ship. Now we just need OUTA to oppose further implementation of the paid parking, you should see how these parking vulture attendants hover around motorists as if we were carcasses, parking at death's door.

      Peter - 2012-05-15 11:51

      Give Sanral a Gantry!!!

  • Henri - 2012-05-15 10:23

    the tail wagging the dog :)

      Alan - 2012-05-15 10:26

      You mean the TOLL wagging the dog??

  • John - 2012-05-15 10:24

    cant wait to see who were all the corupt officials in this saga

      Alan - 2012-05-15 10:39

      yeah - Nazir was first to bail. Expect many more!

      rbphiri - 2012-05-15 11:52

      I'm not much of a sketch artist but let me paint a picture for you, anc officials, are you getting the picture?

      Gordon - 2012-05-15 12:08

      They're only supplying the docs between SANRAL and ETC. Any real corruption lies behind the ETC and the various entities in the background.

  • Felix - 2012-05-15 10:27

    Wouldn't an appeal involve deeper investigations and more rot dug up?

      Alan - 2012-05-15 10:32

      nah - that is all going to come out in the review. Watch this space!

      Felix - 2012-05-15 10:52

      Hope you're right Alan.

  • Piet - 2012-05-15 10:28

    Ag commaaan why not? We need to know who came up with this scheme. Thoe corrupt officials must be exposed!

      Alan - 2012-05-15 10:32

      they will be exposed. Sanral is gonna smell of doggy-do by the time this is finished!

  • Poloyatonki - 2012-05-15 10:32

    Is true those toll gates poles are made of copper?? bcos i know someone who knows someone who can buy copper for cash...

  • Smoke.ZN - 2012-05-15 10:32


  • Dhavandran - 2012-05-15 10:34

    the lull before the storm. what is scamral upto next?

      Alan - 2012-05-15 10:37

      blacking out documents?

  • Tawizee - 2012-05-15 10:36

    Blah, blah, blah...I'm not paying!

  • cecelia123 - 2012-05-15 10:39

    I was wondering, if this whole e-tolling has been put on hold, why are the e-toll offices still open in the shopping centres. I would just like to know if they think we are retarded enough to buy an e-tag?

      Alan - 2012-05-15 10:42

      nah - if those that registered for E-Tolling ad any sense, they would return their e-tags now, close their accounts, and get refunded. No way the tolls are going ahead - the tribe has spoken!

      Carolyn - 2012-05-15 11:05

      I can't understand who would willingly give banking details to a government department, they have enough of our money!!!

      Malcolm - 2012-05-15 20:19

      And the boards are still up telling you how much it costs to pass each gantry and the sign at the off ramp to the N3 from M2 still says register for E-tolling

  • Sharon - 2012-05-15 10:40

    They thought they had it in the bag - Someone should have told them, the goose is dead, the well is dry! Unfortunately taxpayers are tapped out, the get-rich scheme has exploded in their faces. Good, I like it, I like it a lot. Run Sanral, run and hide, the citizens have spoken..

      Alan - 2012-05-15 10:41

      .. and the Gravy - she is finished too!

  • bretton.eveleigh - 2012-05-15 10:50

    Rather use the time available to clean the incriminating evidence than worry about useless appeal application!

      Alan - 2012-05-15 10:55

      Nazir knew something when he jumped ship. E-Tollie se Skollie

  • Duzi - 2012-05-15 10:51

    Will not appeal?? I smell a rat.. Maybe they've cooked up another scheme to get paid. Who wouldn't appeal a decision that could mean a loss of R20bn.. These guys are up to no good.. Watch!!

  • LongSword - 2012-05-15 11:08

    I wonder what the fools and puppets that bought the e-tags are thinking now? Will they be allowed to freeze their e-toll accounts if i may call it that.

  • thinga - 2012-05-15 11:36

    SANRAL is thumb-downing almost every comment! I guess it's their job of late...LOL

  • IcemanGP - 2012-05-15 11:40

    When the SCAMRAL signs are down and gantries sold, then and only then will we know we have won.

  • Rachael - 2012-05-15 12:13

    Did 500000 people really buy etags? Traitors. If u are one of them, please enlighten us to why. One colleague was so happy to pay, he said it would get the rubbish vehicles and drivers off the road, then they went and gave it to taxis for free!!! And why hasn't anyone vandalised the gantries yet? I hear there much value in copper. I geuss we are not a nation of hooligans afterall.

  • Ina - 2012-05-15 12:16

    Something doesn't smell very good here?

  • brionyl.french - 2012-05-15 12:33

    no money and no legs lol!!! Sanral you sucker!!!

  • Allen - 2012-05-15 12:49

    I was in JHB this weekend from Durban, driving on the "new" toll roads. I can sympathise with all you guys in Gauteng and back you 100%! Checking out the sign boards regarding the fees - R1.40/km for motorbikes!! All the fancy toll gate jungle-gyms which are everywhere! They wanted to toll roads that were there already?! These roads were paid for in full by our taxes. All that they did was upgrade them like they should have done 10 years ago! There are no alternative routes in place either, so tolling an existing route is against the law. Nice roads though. BTW it now cost R156 on the N3 to Durban x 2 = R312 + petrol (R1000)It's now cheaper to fly!

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  • EyesEars - 2012-05-15 16:41

    Transport department, Sanral and the Treasury better think very carefully before they want to do anything further. Many people will hold up their budgets and will be able to show that they cannot afford the fees that Transport department, Sanral and the Treasury wants. So how many people are you going to lock up and give a bad credit record? Think twice!

  • Rob - 2012-05-15 17:08

    Just remember that if tolling is cancelled and the cost of this road gets added to income tax during the next budget speech, you guys in Gauteng and surrounds better be putting in some extra hours or coming up with some ground breaking, life saving product that can help pay for this roads construction and maintenance...

      Malcolm - 2012-05-15 20:29

      Rob, You make a lot of sense, yes the money is going to have to come from somewhere, but hey here's an idea, we've paid taxes for ever so why not let the central fiscas pay for it as they haven't done a hell of a lot with our money so far unless you count name changing

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