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Last week Gauteng's controversial e-tolling highway project was put on hold when parliament agreed to delay the debate of its implementation bill until February 2013.
But there is hope that e-tolling could be scrapped long before that.
At the time of writing on Monday morning, opposition alliance Outa was digging its heels in for what could be e-tolling's final showdown as all parties arrived at the Pretoria High Court.
Outa chairman Wayne Duvenage tweeted that his team feels well prepared to argue a strong case to halt e-tolls. His organization appears more confident than ever:
“We believe our case is strong, we've never felt as positive about our case”
Among other points, Outa is arguing that insufficient public consultation took place, that the e-tolling system is fraught with inefficiencies and that far simpler methods of collection (to settle the R21bn debt) have been ignored.
Outa is also demanding a commission of enquiry following this weekend's new reports of e-toll tender rigging.
Roads agency Sanral's intended implementation of the e-tolling system has hit numerous stumbling blocks this year, most notably the court interdict in April, which ruled that a full review needed to take place.
Even Sanral's latest tariff reduction to 30 cents a kilometre (and R550 monthly cap) was not enough quell public opposition to a system that will undoubtedly lead to widespread financial strain among motorists, particularly the poor.
Cosatu recently announced its plans for a three-phase protest starting on Friday 30 November, which would also entail “closing major freeways” on 6 December and a “mother of all battles” in February next year.
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