Johannesburg - The Constitutional Court is expected to hear
arguments on Wednesday as to why it should overturn an interim interdict
preventing e-tolling in Gauteng from going ahead.
According to the interdict granted by the High Court in
Pretoria on April 28, a full review first needed to be carried out before
electronic tolling of Gauteng's highways could be implemented.
The SA National Roads Agency Ltd (Sanral) and National
Treasury are appealing the order.
The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa), which was
granted the interdict, would oppose it.
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan applied to the
Constitutional Court to set aside the court order preventing Sanral from
Gordhan argued that Judge Bill Prinsloo had ignored the
principle of the separation of powers. He said the decision to halt e-tolling
would negatively affect the economy.
In its reply, Outa said Sanral was still not ready to launch
Last week, the Democratic Alliance said it had applied to
join the Constitutional Court case.
The High Court in Pretoria would hear further arguments in
the e-toll case on November 26.
Under the project, motorists would pay over R0.35/km to
travel on some of Gauteng's major roads.
The project had been scheduled to start on April 30, but was
postponed after a meeting between the ANC and its alliance partner, the
Congress of SA Trade Unions.
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