E-toll case a ploy, says Peters' counsel

E-toll case a ploy, says Peters' counsel

2013-12-02 12:29

Pretoria - A court application by the FF Plus is a deliberate ploy to delay e-tolling, legal counsel for Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said in the High Court in Pretoria on Monday.

"The creation of a vehicle for litigation... shows a deliberate strategy to get us to court," her lawyer Jeremy Gauntlett said.

"This is a deliberate strategy to delay it... What makes you so special?"

Gauntlett told the court the SA National Roads Agency Limited needed R270m a month to repay its debt.

"Every R270m not raised has to come from somewhere," he said.

Counsel for the Freedom Front Plus denied claims that the party's application to try and stop the implementation of e-tolling on Tuesday was political grandstanding.

"There is no political grandstanding of any nature in this case."

The party's counsel argued there would be irreparable harm to motorists if the e-toll regulations were not declared invalid.

"Motorists will be prejudiced... If tolling commences, it will mean the members of the public will be criminally prosecuted... and have judgments taken against them," the counsel argued.

The court heard there were a lot of affidavits to go through, and a special judge should have been requested. The party's counsel argued that if the application was delayed, it would cause harm.

The FF Plus's legal team said it would be easier to delay e-tolling for two or three weeks, so that all the papers could be properly examined.

Peters announced on November 20 that e-tolling of Gauteng's highways would start on Tuesday.

  • Allo Allo - 2013-12-02 12:42

    Come on, really, it is indeed a ploy to stop e-tolling. But we, the people, will stop it through non-registration. Send us 1.5 million invoices daily and let us see who is clever.

      Drummond - 2013-12-02 13:31

      Especially when we send them back - " return to sender "

      King OfThiefs - 2013-12-02 14:00

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      Lynette Venter - 2013-12-02 14:18

      Don't "return to sender"..but rather query every gantry and request a photo. You have a right for them to PROVE it was you that went through the gantry...every single one of them...will keep them busy a while

      Revelgen - 2013-12-02 15:52

      Gauntlett, you are actually trying to DEFEND Peters?? Do you have no morals whatsoever, or is the money (ex us the taxpayers) too tempting for you?

  • Ridwan Halim - 2013-12-02 12:43

    Get your R270 million from the fuel levy! Simple as that...and I aint no rocket scientist!

      Mike Heyns - 2013-12-02 13:11

      Rent out the Nkandla Zumaville at R270m a month. Problem solved!

  • Terrylin Backpackers - 2013-12-02 12:47

    There you are - 'What makes you so special?', referring to the motorists? Well, what makes you so special, Jeremy Gauntlett and what debt and to whom does the Roads Agency have to pay?

  • Bryan McCloy - 2013-12-02 12:49

    How about it comes from your pocket & not ours for a change

      Mike Heyns - 2013-12-02 14:26

      Or give the Gupta's a R20bn illegal landing penalty at Waterkloof and give it to SANRAL!

  • Filipe Nunes - 2013-12-02 12:49

    this is just sad! We the people are always told that we have a voice.., until our voice is contrary to that of the government then all forms of power play are employed against the people. If Gauteng is the province that pays the most tax and has the greater population, surely we have a greater saying?

  • Shivi Shanda - 2013-12-02 12:50

    Win or lose it doesn't matter - E-TOLL's will be implemented and toll's not paid by many. Those are the facts. Just a reminder to those who purchase E-tag's. Once you in the system you are in, much like paying taxes. Year 1 will be the cheapest as SCAMRAL are trying to lock you into their database. Watch closely as the ceiling of R450 disappears in subsequent years should it last that long.

  • Iszi Doe - 2013-12-02 12:52

    Dipuo bleating again.

  • NuttyZA - 2013-12-02 12:54

    Well Duh, Mr Gauntlett... talk about stating the bleeding obvious!!! So apparently, SANRAL require 1 x Nkandla Security upgrade/month... Easy then... let Showerhead pay the first months "required" fee!!

      Dave Elmore - 2013-12-02 13:01

      Yep, and then they can ask Zuma where the R30bn went last year, and check Zuma's accounts...that should cover the cost of this whole project

  • Neil Bingham - 2013-12-02 12:58

    Peters and Gauntlett - BITE ME!!! Hell will have to freeze over before I get tagged. And with all those cretans stoking hell's fires, I don't see that happening any time soon.

  • Missmizz Sabath - 2013-12-02 13:00

    Peters and Gauntlett - BITE ME!! Hell will have to freeze over before I get tagged, and with all those Cretans stoking hell's fires, I don't see that happening any time soon.

  • Missmizz Sabath - 2013-12-02 13:03

    Gauntlett, actually I feel sorry for you. It must keep you awake at night, having to defend a criminal?!

      Drummond - 2013-12-02 13:33

      He will defend the devil himslef, just as long as he gets paid

  • Stalin Rudolf - 2013-12-02 13:03

    stupid and dumb minister.

  • Kortbroek Du Plessis - 2013-12-02 13:05

    Tsek sisi no one wants e-tolls get it through your bone head. You and your cronies can use our fuel levies and the billions that you steal from us every year to pay for a resurfacing of a freeway at a rip off price.

  • Quinten Armstrong - 2013-12-02 13:11

    What strings are they using for that puppet, cannot see them! Those that have bought a tag have betrayed their country's people by accepting the government's self endowed right to plunder it's nation.

  • Richard - 2013-12-02 13:16

    I have to agree that this application serves little purpose. It will only delay the process by some weeks but will not make it go away. I am very against the e-tolls but do not think this process will gain us anything.

      Alan Gernet - 2013-12-02 13:20

      I disagree - if something is wrong and flawed, you fight it with all you can, otherwise you spinelessly condone it.

      NuttyZA - 2013-12-02 13:46

      Anything that causes SANRAL/DoT a problem is a small victory for us, the People... We are now at war with our own government... wars are fought in a series of battles... every battle won is a step closer to winning the war

  • Allan Thiele - 2013-12-02 13:23

    What makes us so special? What makes Dipuo Peters and her ANC cronies so special? The public and motorists of South Africa never voted for this rip-off. Why doesn't Dipuo Peters, Jacob Zuma and their ANC cronies pay for it. They wanted it.

  • Christo Boshoff - 2013-12-02 13:29

    That R270m per month can be sought from the ANC members that have been looting us dry for decades! No to E-TOLL!!!

  • Nico Ferreira - 2013-12-02 13:35

    E-tolls is a deliberate ploy by the ANC to force tax-payers to pay double for road-infrastructure !!!

  • Linda Horsfield - 2013-12-02 14:17

    The ANC government neglected the maintenance and upgrade of national roads for 20 years because they were too busy stealing the money for themselves. Then they worked out a brilliant system where they could continue to make millions from the road users after they left office.....by granting a foreign front company the rights to the income from the tolls .... in perpetuity. ... Why else would they be so 100% determined to implement a system where the bulk of the proceeds go the the foreign company in administration fees - instead of staying in SA and being used to maintain the roads?!?!?!?!?! If the ANC government can give me ONE logical reason, I will reconsider my decision not to register. Till that happens (which will coincide with hell freezing over and pigs flying) I will remain tag free.

      Lynette Venter - 2013-12-02 14:26

      Well said

      James Smythe - 2013-12-02 15:27

      Linda - all that is necessary is for all of us, or a large majority at least, and we win, finish and klaar! The entire toll-system business model rests totally, 100%, on instant, cheap and prepaid collection of toll fees, through electronic means. When this is not available as with a large scale boycott of tags, then the business is kaput! Let's make sure it fails by simply doing NOTHING! Less than 10% of all motoring fines issued in Gauteng are ever collected - and that is a criminal offence already - what chance do these crooks at SANRAL have?

  • Patricia Dewet - 2013-12-02 15:18

    What worries me is that once they start this, next month they can double the tariff and then we will be unable to do anything.

      Lynette Venter - 2013-12-02 15:42

      They can make it R1,000 p/km - not paying amounts to nothing doesn't matter what they charge. That's all we need to do - do not pay and query every single bill and ask for a photo of you at every single gantry

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