E-toll face-off heads for ConCourt

2012-08-15 07:59

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 implementing e-tolling.

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 the project.

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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  • UNITY - 2012-08-15 08:11

    The citizens of this country never asked the ANC to implement E-Tolls. This lead government is autocratic, and stubborn as a mule! I pray they lose votes in the next election, they are a failure to the people, and a root of corruption, which they can't stop! but have a yardstick for everything else!!!

      gerd2 - 2012-08-15 08:46

      I fully agree with you

  • Thebigguyjim - 2012-08-15 08:13

    Whatever the ConCourt decides is not relevant to me. I for one will never ever register , or pay this corrupt government a e toll fee to drive on roads I have already paid for with with huge Fuel levies, License fees, etc etc.

  • marc.rule - 2012-08-15 08:40

    F them, this E-Toll system is just another war for the ANC to take money from the POOR man on the street to feed the FAT cats. I STILL WILL NOT PAY FOR THIS CRAP SYSTEM.

  • lindie.duplessis.90 - 2012-08-15 09:10

    2 billion for a new jet, 2 billion for a new village, 2 billion for the IMF and 8 billion for SAA etc etc etc, and the e-toll will hurt our economy? WTF??

  • Thebe Hlahatsi - 2012-08-15 09:32

    who exactly is the government here? i mean if the minister of finance does not understand the burden these tolls are going to put on ordinary tax payers then i don't know. i'm starting to believe that he invested the text book money on these tolls?

  • warwick.railton.7 - 2012-08-15 09:57

    Don't register, don't comply with their threats and intimidation - the anc were a failed terrorist organization, they fail at everything they do. Ignore Nazi Alli and his sanral henchmen and anc thugs. We will make the tolls fail, one way or another. We can and WILL beat this corrupt system of taxation. No to etolling.

  • charles.kubhayi.9 - 2012-08-15 10:22

    This Pravin Gordan must try to make up his mind and think for the poor people who dig deep in their pockets just for one day to work.Given the high loans that people are struggling to pay,is it proper for Gordan to add another unbearable loan to the people?Now your loan that you are expected to pay will be for travelling on the road that even the apartheid regime allowed you to travel in without pay.The devil called money has possessed some leaders of the ANC such that they want to milk even the poor people whom they expect to vote for them into positions of power;Hheyi kumatima emhlabeni bantfu sebaphelelwa ngunembeza.

  • flysouth - 2012-08-15 11:51

    The outcome will be irrelevant - we will ensure that these tolls are unworkable. But this fanatical determination to push this plan through against massive public opinion proves again that the powers that be are endlessly corrupt. They know that they cannot cream off their massive profits from a levy on fuel, but they can make billions on the ridiculous costs of collection under the proposed scheme.

  • danny.archer.589 - 2012-08-15 12:37

    Donate to OUTA's court costs at people! I've donated a grand and I don't even use the highways! Your chance to give the ANC a blood nose.

  • rusted.axe - 2012-08-15 14:56

    Citizens should realise governmemt works for us. Their laws are irrelevant if we so decide. But what can one expect from a bunch of slaves brainwashed by sports TV, who sees all of lifes issues in terms of teams playing off a finals. ANC vs DA... Idiots you deserve what you get.

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