On Friday, the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) officially threw in the towel in the legal ring, and announced that it would not be appealing the Supreme Court of Appeals' against it in the Constitutional Court.
Legally, this means that eTolling can now go ahead, as soon as the practicalities are all good and ready. Basically, once those lovely white shiny gantries shining hypnotic purple lights are good to go, look forward to paying for a road you've used for free up until now.
But this is really just the end of the beginning. Coming soon, to a political theatre near you, the thrilling production of eTolls! The Showdown.
(Conflict alert: Grootes lives in Gauteng. He drives a car.)
The wonderful thing about the eTolls fight is that it's not your typical argument in this society, in that our history doesn't matter. Normally if you're white or black, or middle class or poor or anything else, any argument we have is predicated on your identity, and not on what you actually say. eTolls is different, because it's got nothing to do with Apartheid, our racial history, or even whether or not you thought Hansie was badly...