DA shows support outside e-toll case

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IOL mot pic aug15 e-toll DA supporters INLSA DA members wave anti-toll posters outside the Pretoria High Court during the previous e-Toll hearing. Picture: Phill Magakoe

A small group of DA supporters gathered outside the Constitutional Court on Wednesday morning ahead of a court challenge over e-tolling in Gauteng.

Precious Gcabashe said: “We are going to be here the whole day - we don't want the toll gate. We are hoping for the government to hear us.”

Clad in blue DA T-shirts they sang and danced, holding posters which read: “Hoot for a toll free GP”.

Democratic Alliance MPL Jack Bloom said he was expecting up to 300 supporters.

The court is expected to hear arguments on Wednesday as to why it should overturn an interim interdict preventing e-tolling in Gauteng from going ahead.

According to the interdict granted by the High Court in Pretoria on April 28, a full review first needed to be carried out before electronic tolling of Gauteng's highways could be implemented.

The SA National Roads Agency Ltd and National Treasury are appealing the order.

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance, which was granted the interdict, will oppose this move.

Finance minister Pravin Gordhan applied to the Constitutional Court to set aside the court order preventing Sanral from implementing e-tolling.

Gordhan argued that Judge Bill Prinsloo had ignored the principle of the separation of powers. He said the decision to halt e-tolling would negatively affect the economy.

In its reply, the alliance said Sanral was still not ready to launch the project.

Last week, the DA said it had applied to join the Constitutional Court case, but it was not admitted as a friend of the court as it had hoped.

The High Court in Pretoria wil hear further arguments in the e-toll case on November 26.

Under the project, drivers would pay over 35 cents per kilometre to travel on some of Gauteng's major roads.

The project had been scheduled to start on April 30, but was postponed after a meeting between the ANC and its alliance partner, the Congress of SA Trade Unions. - Sapa

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