The application to stop the implementation of Gauteng's e-tolls was rejected by the Supreme Court of Appeal on Wednesday. After over a year of court proceedings, a tsunami of public anger and protests on the highways and in the streets, the tolling system is imminent. It's the moment of truth that puts fate in the hands of the public. Will you buy or defy?
Unless the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) returns to the Constitutional Court, the judicial attempts to fight e-tolls look spent. For the opposition (and let's face it, does anyone but the government really support e-tolls?) it's time to talk seriously about the mathematics of civil disobedience.
Rebellion - cruising the highways like outlaws, radio turned up, wind in your hair, no e-tag on the dashboard - is the last option. It's always been the final frontier in the battle against what many people lambast as an expensive and corrupt system that sends profits abroad.
Here are the numbers. There are about 2.5 million road users on these highways, one million of which utilise them regularly. Looking at tolling systems in Portugal and Texas, Outa chairman, Wayne Duvenage, says participation is a sliding...