Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

10 July 2014

South Africa: E-Tolls - Highways in the Storm

analysis

Spurred into action by the apparent impact e-tolls had on the elections in Gauteng, both government and the forces of opposition are ready for the latest battle. The opposition is flanking the gantries in the courts and Parliament. Premier David Makhura, meanwhile, has used the state's trump card - a task team - to acknowledge the outrage, without buckling to it.

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) wants you. Addressing the media on its new "Rule of Law" campaign on Thursday, it believes the final battle, when society's challenge against gantries, e-tags and annoying invoices reaches its apex, may have finally come.

"That moment is upon us," reads OUTA's latest call to arms.

The organisation put its legal battle on hold when the Supreme Court of Appeal rejected its bid to declare the tolls invalid in 2013, but the court never ruled on whether Gauteng's e-tolling system was lawful. That fight is coming and OUTA wants your help. It's trying to raise money, R3-4 million would buy some pretty good lawyers, it reckons, to defend those who are prosecuted for not paying their tolling bills. The National Prosecuting Authority is ready to pounce, says OUTA, and...

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