Major effort to stop e-tolls

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Johannesburg - An application by the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) for an interdict to stop the e-tolling of Gauteng's major roads continues in the Pretoria High Court on Wednesday.

Outa, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the Democratic Alliance were pulling out all the stops this week to try to have the system scrapped.

Cosatu, which has a membership of two million, plans countrywide mass protests. A protest was planned at the South African National Roads Agency Limited's offices on Wednesday, Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven said.

“The marches will culminate next Monday (April 30), the day of the launch, and there will be big marches in all main city centres,” he said.

Vincent Maleka, lawyer for the transport minister and Gauteng transport MEC, told the court on Tuesday that Outa was not entitled to another postponement of the e-tolling system.

The scheme had already been postponed four times since April 2011.

“There must be an extraordinarily good reason to postpone the scheme again,” he said. - Sapa

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