DA applies to join e-toll case

2012-08-06 15:51

Johannesburg - The DA has applied to join a Constitutional Court case on the Gauteng e-tolling project, the party said on Monday.

"As a political party, the DA has an interest in the key issue in this case, namely the extent to which courts can and should exercise their powers to interdict government," Democratic Alliance MPL Jack Bloom said in a statement.

The party had asked to be admitted as a friend of the court to make a "substantive contribution" to the case.

On Friday, the court will hear arguments by SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and Treasury on why it should overturn an interim interdict that was granted by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria in April. The interdict halted the e-tolling project until a full review was carried out.

Bloom said the party sent letters to all the parties involved in the case, including the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa), who had sought the interdict.

"Outa has not opposed our application, but Sanral and the national treasury department have indicated their opposition."

Bloom said if the Constitutional Court decided to hear the appeal, the government would try to restrict its ability to make decisions against the State on "the [narrowest] grounds possible".

"If government wins, then expect to see more decisions like the e-tolls pushed through without proper consultation," he said.

"It is essential that the court's substantive power of review is preserved... so that government can be challenged if it departs from rationality and due process in its decision-making," he said.

  • blignault.michaele - 2012-08-06 16:11

    Good for you is your duty tho assist in processes which affect your constituancy

      spookhuis - 2012-08-06 19:23

      Hey JennyLove do you work for Sanral?

      pieriewaaier.zooms - 2012-08-06 20:19

      @JennyLove: But this is exactly what they are doing as the official opposition, you silly twerp!

  • danny.archer.589 - 2012-08-06 16:28

    "Bloom said if the Constitutional Court decided to hear the appeal, the government would try to restrict its ability to make decisions against the State on "the [narrowest] grounds possible"." Very good point.

  • - 2012-08-06 16:32

    sure they will oppose... too much digging around and all their dirty tricks on this one will be exposed - got nothing to hide, you will gladly allow the scrutiny, but these mofo's know where that will get them... personally i think upping the fuel levy is the solution... the whole country pays and the whole country benefits from the upgraded road system (CT - your produce travels on these roads, just btw) yes i know i know... where is the current fuel levy , licence fees, road tax funding gone?? yes i know... it's gone!!!... that does not solve any problems... up the fuel levy, easiest way to manage, collect monies... and government, you need to keep your grubby little fingers out of the cookie jar and start spending on your citizens, not your bro's and ho's

  • luke.dekoker - 2012-08-06 16:36

    Good for you DA, "It is essential that the court's substantive power of review is preserved" I just hope that the ruling to allow you will not be up to a anc deployed.

  • dodozi.mkhize.5 - 2012-08-06 17:11

    As a staunch member of the ANC and SACP, Im appalled by the decision of my party to approach the court to try and protect the interest of the few. This time around I will support whoever is against the e-Toll.

      spookhuis - 2012-08-06 19:28

      Well said my friend, that is democracy at work.

  • steveroodt - 2012-08-06 17:25

    Welcome To Africa

  • azande.futhi - 2012-08-06 17:39

    Interesting, DA surely has nothing to do. WC municipalities are plagued with poor governance. People are dying everyday in shacks fires, gangsterism, substance abuse. All DA can do is concentrate on what others are doing ignoring what they have to do. That's a sign of incompetence. It shows DA cannot hold up to their own primary responsibilities, taking a secondary responsibility to avoid accountability. always wanna work on what others are not doing right. Shame.

      justin.nuthaguy - 2012-08-06 19:39

      You are aware that each province has it's own representatives aren't you? Just checking, because you don't seem to have a clue how things work. national only steps into provincial matters when things completely fail - case in point your beloved ANC's education screw up in Limpopo and elsewhere. Please get your own house in order before commenting on a party that is streets ahead of the ANC in delivery. I know DA has it's faults, but by God nobody is as far behind delivery as the ANC!

      spookhuis - 2012-08-06 19:44

      And you live where? The DA is a national party, it is not a Western Cape party. The ANC is a national failure.

      rocky.bell.927 - 2012-08-06 21:35

      .........boggom, boggom!!!!!!!

  • Tebz001 - 2012-08-06 19:06

    You know, I have never heard/read the words Zuma and etoll in one sentence.. Does Zuma even know about etolls?

      nicolaas.baker - 2012-08-07 03:55

      @Tebz, all he knows is how o use his spear tolly, which by the way, ha has not seen for quite a while if you look at the tjoep around his middle.

  • warwick.railton.7 - 2012-08-07 06:49

    To Hell with sanral & the anc puppet masters. Whatever happens, I will not register or pay a friggen cent to these corrupt clowns. Up yer bum sanral.

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