15 August 2012

South Africa: Concourt to Hear E-Toll Arguments

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Pretoria — The Constitutional Court will this morning hear arguments by the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and Treasury on why it should overturn the interim interdict granted by the North Gauteng High Court, which placed Gauteng e-tolling on hold until a further review can take place.

Two days before the system was due to kick off on 30 April, the court granted an interdict brought by the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA), South African Vehicle Renting and Leasing Association, the Quadpara Association of South Africa and South African National Consumer Union.

Cabinet has since set up a committee of ministers, chaired by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, to look at all aspects of e-tolling, including the court decision, the implication of that decision, the implication on SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and its ability to pay back the debt of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project.

Government has, over the past months, embarked on a consultation process with the public and various organisations on the Gauteng e-tolling system with a view of reaching a constructive outcome.

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