Johannesburg - Lawyers representing Justice Project SA (JPSA) have labelled the responses they got from Sanral's legal team relating to e-tolls as arrogant and evasive.
“Given the level of controversy surrounding e-tolling, our client finds your client's response to the reasonable and legitimate queries raised by our client... surprisingly arrogant and evasive,” the lawyers said in a letter.
The letter followed the South African National Roads Agency Ltd's (Sanral) threats of legal action following a request for clarification on e-toll prosecutions.
After sending the letter, JPSA received a response before noon on Friday from Werksmans Attorneys, acting on behalf of Sanral.
They were told, among other things, that Sanral was not in a position to clarify matters reported by members of the media, where such clarity should be sought from the reporters concerned.
JPSA said the answer was not satisfactory. The letter stated that the Government Gazettes which they were referred to did not deal with the questions they had asked.
“The Government Gazette of 9 October 2013, and/or Gazettes prior to, or proceeding that date, do not support the statements allegedly made by the representatives of your client, as reported in various media.”
“It is in any event, unreasonable, in our client's view, for your client to expect our client or members of the public to trawl through Government Gazettes to try to determine the answers to the queries raised in our letter of 26 November 2013.” - Sapa