Gauteng e-tolls to go ahead

2012-09-20 10:31

Johannesburg - The Constitutional Court set aside an interim order that put on hold a plan to toll highways in Gauteng, in a judgment on Thursday.

"The interim order granted by the high court on 28 April, 2012, is set aside," said Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke.

This was because the high court had not considered the separation of powers between the court and the executive.

The High Court in Pretoria granted the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) an interdict on April 28, ruling that a full review needed to be carried out before electronic tolling of Gauteng's highways could be put into effect.

The interdict prevented the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) from levying or collecting e-tolls pending the outcome of a judicial review.

Sanral and National Treasury appealed the court order.

Sanral argued that delays in the project, due to the court's order, prevented it from paying off debts incurred in building gantries.

A massive public outcry about the tolls was supported by the Congress of SA Trade Unions, which said toll fees on a heavily-used commuter route would financially cripple the public.

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  • pratash.ravjee - 2012-09-20 10:47

    Great....more Corruption to follow!

      nardus.debeer - 2012-09-20 11:24

      Agreed, one more way the ANC can screw us out of our income.

      rowan.clark.10 - 2012-09-20 23:17

      Some flavours overheard ....Tsak met jou etoll janna !! Jy maak my klaar moeg .

  • themba.maseko.568 - 2012-09-20 10:51

    Lets stop them again!!!!

  • vanessa.moodley1 - 2012-09-20 11:03

    physically sick after hearing this news...

  • pieter.kunz - 2012-09-20 11:09

    Government dailed a friend.... I cant believe with all the fuzz they still pushed this through!! Time to stand up against corruption!

  • elgh.elgh - 2012-09-20 11:10

    The mining industry currently experience revolt and strike action. I can easily see that this decision will result in some sort of action from the public.

  • Sharmay - 2012-09-20 11:10

    Screw that... Bring down the petrol price first. I can't afford both..

  • vaughan.lund - 2012-09-20 11:13

    Definately the straw that broke Gauteng's back.

  • Genesistt - 2012-09-20 11:14

    It's not enough that the people have to pay almost R12/litre petrol and that electricity and water prices keep going up and up. Now this too! Pretty soon nobody will be able to afford groceries with all the price adjustments the stores will have to make to cover the increased transport costs. This goverment is out to bankrupt us all!

  • erick.mamba - 2012-09-20 11:15

    We will pull the Marikana move..

      elgh.elgh - 2012-09-20 11:41

      Will we play cops or strikers?

      cat.naude - 2012-09-20 12:14

      That sounds awesome- Count me in! :)

      susanna.smit.7 - 2012-09-21 17:46

      No, Bob the demolition man!! Can't be too difficult to dismantle a few scanners on those purple shiny stuff spanning the roads...

  • selven.pillay.900 - 2012-09-20 11:26

    I say for those that paid already good luck .for those that havent payed DONT.The tolls will be unmanagable, to see who payed and who didnt ,i mean they cant even deliver text books lokl how are they gpoing to know that you didnt pay.Im one of those South africans that will never pay tolls sorry SANRAL

  • shelmarieg - 2012-09-20 11:42

    SANRAL, catch me if you can!!!

  • dewalds3 - 2012-09-20 11:45

    So - it is government against the citizens. The tax-takers against the tax payers.. Okay - we accept the challenge!!

      mark.barker.370 - 2012-09-20 12:11

      Game on mofos!!!

  • xmkungeki - 2012-09-20 11:46

    E-toll is the future....not of all us will like but for a change government made an unpopular decision!! Asijiki!!

      clayton.bezuidenhout - 2012-09-20 11:54

      You can obviously afford it, right? E-toll has no future. It will become just another government screwed white elephant.

  • reenen.vaneeden - 2012-09-20 11:48

    A Government should serve it's people, not the people the government. I am open thought; therefore I realise that the highway can not become any wider any where and traffic is becoming a bigger waist of time every day. However, I am not of the opinion that government remembered that this is Africa. We cannot implement European solutions in an African country!

  • clayton.bezuidenhout - 2012-09-20 11:51

    Good luck with the raging Public. Just remember you had the power to stop this and chose not to. I hope South Africa sees what the Politicians are doing to our beautiful country. You are taking food from the Masses and lining the pockets of the corrupt. So much for your : stop corruption campaigns. They are useless. I am going to bask in the glory of a public win. One way or another this is not going to last.

  • jay.vyas.984 - 2012-09-20 11:55

    Dear Gauteng Road Users. This Govt will go to any length to get e Tolling back on track. They will even manipulate, threaten and corrupt the Justice System! Stand FIRM and DEFIANT! Continue the Fight! I will NEVER Buy an e Tag.... At Worst, I will use alternate roads! Stand Up and FIGHT THIS CORRUPT ANC Govt! The SA OVERTAXED Citizens' war continues. DO NOT BUY an e-TAG .... EVER!!!! Stop using the e-Toll Gantry Routes!!! It is called PASSIVE RESISTANCE - Hurt SCAMRAL - Just be Smart!!!

  • sandor.l.varga - 2012-09-20 11:56

    When it will stop ? Government taking fat chances. Those idiots will take this country to popular uprising.

  • hastings.ti - 2012-09-20 11:57

    I just realized SARAL employs a lot of pple, am for job creation. Let’s let e-toll go hard

      TSR01 - 2012-09-20 12:33

      You can pay, I won't. R12 a liter for petrol, plus electricity, water, rates, etc. - waste your money more on unnecessary things that are made from corruption like e-tolls, it will keep you poor!

      konstabel.koekemoer - 2012-09-20 13:55

      I guess it's not a coincedence that all comments supporting e-tolling are written by people who cannot spell and construct coherent sentences. They are obviously SANRAL employees.

  • xolani.gumede.982 - 2012-09-20 12:00

    I say it is enough. I have never voted in my life. But this time, looks like I can stand in the long quee to vote for DA. ANC Gov is messing us around. I will never pay for that. It will take these people less than 3 years too recover the money right? then what happens. we feed the Mp's wives that have shares in the projects?

      jan.kotze.7 - 2012-09-20 18:49

      Love your comment. Please get your buddies to VOTE DA as well and we will show this goverment what the taxpayer is made of and what can be achieved when all stand together!!!!

  • geraldine.furter - 2012-09-20 12:06

    Why should we pay for an existing road that was there before e-toll!!!!!! They add one lane and now want to cash in. I would like to know how many politicians and their families have their fingers in the e-toll pie????? We shall not pay and we shall never surrender!!!!

  • geraldine.furter - 2012-09-20 12:08

    OUTA has failed! It is up to us, the motorists, to ensure that e-tolls are not implemented. Share and get all your friends to pledge as well - we need to send a STRONG message to government that we will NOT be bullied or coerced into paying a ransom to use OUR roads! Go to and pledge to NEVER pay e-tolls. ... Please share More

      wayne.duvenage - 2012-09-20 19:57

      Hi Geraldine. I want to confirm that OUTA has not failed. We have the full review in the high court on 26 Nov, where our case is strong. This was merely an appeal against the interim interdict. Please note that OUTA is fully committed to this cause. It is after all a case for the people and the more support we get at OUTA.CO.ZA, the better. Thanks for your support. Wayne

  • mpho.galane1 - 2012-09-20 12:13

    We Will not drink any muti or have weapons when we go fight the e toll. But be certain that the economy Will stand still.

  • cat.naude - 2012-09-20 12:13

    Well hows this for "Justice" C court supposed to be on our side! I will not pay, you can forget it!

  • kylecorreiadearaujo - 2012-09-20 12:31

    Vote ANC!!! :D Because now I can sit back and gracefully watch you ignorants who voted for them suffer like the rest of us did.

  • quartus.vanzyl - 2012-09-20 12:36

    Just stay off the toll roads. Congest all the roads through suburbs. Pulverise these roads and cover the suburbs with noise and air pollution. Lets show the government a trick or 2

      samantha.venter000 - 2012-09-20 13:18

      That just seems silly. Particularly because it won't be the suburbs that the fat cats are in. Cutting off your nose to spite your face?

      adam.gardener.12 - 2012-09-20 17:30

      It would also help to use the roads running past the fat cats houses, and damage and block them. I will only pay after I receive a photograph that shows me in my car, and a court orders me to pay.

  • xmkungeki - 2012-09-20 12:40

    World Class infrastructure is not for FREE....I spend less time on the road these days (productivity positivel affected)!!...and the drive from the airport to PTA..WOW!!

      konstabel.koekemoer - 2012-09-20 14:00

      The point is not that money is required for infrastucture but how it is collected! Implementing a system that will cost more to administer than what it will collect is just criminal stupidity.

  • omphile.umphimodise - 2012-09-20 12:56

    Take those billions that are intended to buy the illiterate JZ the plane and pay off the debts you incurred when building these roads and get the hell out of our faces. Hell will freeze before I pay for that rubbish they call e-tolls.

  • barry.moyle.3 - 2012-09-20 13:03

    Today we hear of a constitutional court ruling that protects the government from the people... So wrong, a constitution is in place to stop the government from exploiting the people and it is failing miserably in South Africa.

      spha.mncube - 2012-09-20 19:25

      Lets all leave the country

  • wayne.duvenage - 2012-09-20 20:00

    Thanks to all OUTA supporters. Please note, this ruling today is not a setback. The full review in court happens 26-28 Nov. and the merits of our case are strong. Keep updated on the web site. Regards. Wayne

      jay.vyas.984 - 2012-09-20 21:58

      Mr Duvenhage, Please advice me on: 1. Am I breaking the law if I do not buy an e tag? 2. If I choose NOT to use the routes that will be Tolled, am I breaking the Law? 3. If the law says an e tag is Compulsory, but I choose NOT to Pre Load it with funds, and never use the roads... Then What? 4. What if I re register my vehicle elsewhere, like another Dorpie? I await your response. I am NEVER going to buy an e Tag!!! I will gladly face Arrest!!!

  • sheryl.templeton - 2012-09-21 10:19

    And what if you they do like they implied, that we will not be able to renew our third party discs or renew drivers licences or register a car without the car having an e-tag? Can they implement this to force people to register?

  • sifiso.kubheka2 - 2012-09-21 12:59

    They cant get enough of our hard earned cash, ANC Leadership is turning against us. LETS STOP THEM AGAIN AND THIS TIME WE MUST BE AWARE OF THE BULLETS FROM THE BERRET POLICE AND DEFENCE FORCE.. We are now living in the police state

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