RFA's e-toll intervention dismissed

2012-08-15 11:45

Johannesburg - An application by the Road Freight Association (RFA) to join the e-toll case in the Constitutional Court was dismissed on Wednesday.

"The application for leave to intervene is dismissed with costs," Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said.

Martin Brassey, for the RFA, had argued it should be allowed to participate in the case, or the case would be just like an "egg that would be so scrambled, that it cannot be unscrambled".

"It is desirable for us to intervene," he said.

Treasury lawyer Jeremy Gauntlett said the RFA should have applied to join the case when it was still about to be heard by the High Court in Pretoria.

"It missed the bus when it knew about the bus," he said.

SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) lawyer Bruce Leech argued the RFA could not show it had a direct interest in the case.

"They are an intervening party, not an amicus curiae [friend of the court]," he said.

"Their applications should be dismissed with costs."

An application by the Democratic Alliance to be admitted as an amicus curiae was also rejected, the party said on Monday.

While it had claimed it could make a "substantive contribution" to the case, the Treasury and Sanral objected to its inclusion because it was a political party, DA MPL Jack Bloom said.

He said the court did not tell the DA why it was not being allowed to join the case, but that the full reasons would be given in the court's final judgment.

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  • andtowns - 2012-08-15 12:03

    If Moegoe Moegoe aka Mogoeng Mogoeng is involved this can only go one way, governments way...

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-08-15 12:14

      That was my initial reaction. But I remembered that he has 10 other colleagues or legal brains the majority of whom must `concur` with him. I doubt that being the lightweight that he is, he`ll be able to weigh down the majority in order to authorise the thieving and robbing of the SA citizens

      alan.gernet - 2012-08-15 12:25

      Yeah - and as JZ is on his way out - Moegoe has to be careful that he does not join the ranks of the unemployed by backing the wrong horse.

  • merkwaardig.obskuur - 2012-08-15 12:04

    "...Treasury and Sanral objected to its inclusion because it was a political party". What rubbish. Our Constitution guarantees freedom of association. A political party is a group with a similar political view. Why should that disqualify them from being a friend of the court? Shame on the Treasury and Sanral lawyers.

  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-08-15 12:09

    I think the troubles they now have at the Platinum mines are going to look like a picnic if the Government succeed in trying to force this down the throats of their citizens. And off course Zuma can kiss goodbye any illusions of being re-elected at Manguang goodbye. And maybe the ANC comes the next elections also.

      brandon.conroy3 - 2012-08-15 17:12

      we operate under the yoke of oppression.

  • johnny.potatoes61 - 2012-08-15 12:09

    ''egg that would be so scrambled, that it cannot be unscrambled'' lol - I'm so stealing this expression.

      alan.gernet - 2012-08-15 12:26

      and there I was wanting to poach it...

      ally.oh.7 - 2012-08-15 12:38

      Hey Mr Potatoes, welcome to the SA club where stealing is the national pastime ... I'm going to steal this expression too. Ha, ha, good for a laugh, Johnny.

      alan.gernet - 2012-08-15 12:42

      I believe that the egg could be unscrambled .. you see - I have Faith like Potatoes

      afrikeni - 2012-08-15 12:44

      @Alan, you have a high IQ, at first I did not get your post - too slow brain cells!!

      alan.gernet - 2012-08-15 12:51

      .. and now it just cracks you up?

      deon.dixon.50 - 2012-08-15 13:13

      I love it when people see the sunny side of life ;-)

      alan.gernet - 2012-08-15 13:22

      if you can't beat them....

  • warwick.railton.7 - 2012-08-15 12:48

    What a joke and a mess the anc & sanral have made of this. You clowns are a disgrace.

  • leon.lipschitz - 2012-08-15 13:33

    What a lot of CRAP THEY DO HAVE A DIRECT INTEREST IN THE ETOLL SAGA they use the roads and will have to also pay the rip off toll fees Typical government interference and manipulation

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