Anti-toll group files ConCourt papers

2012-06-04 21:13

Johannesburg - The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) filed responding papers in the Constitutional Court on Monday, chairperson Wayne Duvenage said.

"Outa filed its answering affidavit for Treasury's leave to appeal the e-toll interdict in the Constitutional Court today," he said.

The government approached the Constitutional Court arguing that the decision to halt e-tolling would negatively affect the economy.

In its reply, Outa said the SA National Roads Agency Limited was still not ready to launch the project.

Under the e-toll project, motorists will pay over 35c/km to travel on some of Gauteng's freeways.

The project was to have been launched on 30 April, but was postponed for a month after a meeting between the ANC and its alliance partner, the Congress of SA Trade Unions.

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-06-04 21:20

    Doesn't matter what the court rules. Nobody in their right mind will be tagged or use the road.

  • Henk - 2012-06-04 21:26

    Etag = dompass....

  • Scouter - 2012-06-04 21:36

    I am more interested in the audit trail to reveal 'who' has been paid 'what' in this whole scam.

  • George - 2012-06-04 21:48

    The e-toll saga is an affront to every hardworking South African who know how to value money. The initial costs of the modest work done are astronomical. Who and why authorized such high costs?. The planned recoupment model will spend more than the whole capital amount on revenue collection and continue indefinitely. Therefore this is a tax which parliament has not approved. The fact that casts amounts of money will leave SA causes further questioning as to who and what is really behind this colossal abuse of our constitutional rights of free movement on a primary roadway. A full and thorough investigation is needed. Wonderful work being done by OUTA representing the public.

  • Carl - 2012-06-04 22:12

    The bright side of it is...this whole saga is going to force the public to stay within their communities and go to their local restaurants and shopping malls and do business within their suburbs.So f**K THE TOLL ROADS!

      jaba.kov - 2012-06-05 06:34

      The bright side of this is maybe we will get to see Nazir Alli in jail... along with the not-so-honourable Minister of transport & the whole Ministry of finance Mr Davis & Co’...

      Hugh - 2012-06-05 12:46

      I'd suggest use the gantries as gallows.

  • africanwolf - 2012-06-04 22:29

    Scrap it!!! The sooner the better

  • ivan.ferreira - 2012-06-04 22:30

    Its clear the ANC is behind all of this - they are the main player, or should I say the main "beneficiary". Its funny to read all these "its the government who implemented this and that" - make no mistake the "government" is the ANC. ANC is now between and rock and a hard place in regards of its political relationship with Cosatu.

  • Tim - 2012-06-05 05:31

    Why should ALL taxpayers be burdened with cost of a section of road they would probably never use? Let the users pay for it and the toll is the only way to do so.

      Warwick - 2012-06-05 06:41

      Tim, we pay the majority of the taxes here in Gauteng, we paid for these roads years ago under NAT work for sanral?? is Nazi Ali checking that you troll?

      Alan - 2012-06-05 09:16

      Tim, I don't know where you live but I bet you that if Sanral wins this case e-toll roads will spring up around the country before you can say Nazir is a D&%S.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-06-05 06:02

    F*ck e-tolling and the ANC!!!

  • Warwick - 2012-06-05 06:39

    Now get to the juicy bits - the corruption sanctioned by Nazi Ali and his anc henchmen. Nail one of these clowns and the deck will fall. No to e-tags, no to sanral and their anc puppet masters. We are the ungovernable force.

  • John - 2012-06-05 09:07

    This article is factually wrong, the ANC & Cosatu did not stop SANRAL - the Courts did!

  • Alan - 2012-06-05 10:05

    WE Gautengers must continue to stand together regardless of color and support OUTA and AFRIFORIEM as they fight for us in the Courts. We beat the anc once we can beat them again !! Remember BOYCOTT E TOLL ! Buy stickers from the AA and past them on your vehicle/s VIVA OUTA and AFRIFORIEM

  • badballie - 2012-06-05 10:18

    Traitors and turncoats will be the only people using the toll road anyway

  • Winifred - 2012-06-05 11:02

    Why dont government do their sums before engaging. It was their duty to explain to the people exactly how much it was going to cost and what the cost to the public would be, This should have been made plain to every South African citizen. No this was a sneaky agenda. They tell us it cost R90 billion, I am sure somebody on tv corrected them and said R32 billion, and asked the government to explain where the other R60 billion would be allocated, As usual, tongue in cheek answer. Why dont they come clean, give us a front page audit showing all the figures and who is all involved. We know that cadres, have all got their fingers in the pie, so for once be open and honest and stop trying to fool us. 35c a kilometre is utter disgrace, why dont you recall the money you allocated to cuba, use that to service the tolls for starters.

  • Dean - 2012-06-05 11:23

    "The government approached the Constitutional Court arguing that the decision to halt e-tolling would negatively affect the economy." Did I just read that correctly? If e-tolling is implemented, it will completely cripple the economy. Food prices will sky-rocket and the congestion on the alternate routes (which are more potholes and shoddy patchwork than anything) will make Lagos' traffic look like a cruise. The only thing that is being negatively affected is some MP's pension, which is why they're still moving forward with this abomination. But whatever, I almost want them to implement the tolls... Because at the end of the day, no one will pay anyway. It will only serve to show the ineptitude of the government to get absolutely nothing right... once again. I could go on and on, but this is no longer funny; it's actually just sad.

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