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Johannesburg - The announcement by Gauteng premier David Makhura that he would set up a panel to review e-tolling has been welcomed by groups opposed to e-tolling.

But they warned that e-toll prosecution could soon be pursued.

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance said on Monday it hoped this meant constructive engagement on e-tolling would now take place.

“We cannot fight and talk at the same time.”

Outa chairman Wayne Duvenage said the organisation believed Sanral was planning to have the prosecuting authorities issue summons to a handful of violators who have not paid their e-toll bills, in an attempt to seek a successful prosecution over failure to pay.

“This stick approach follows Sanral’s recent discounts offered to entice greater compliance, a tactic that has produced little success for them.

“A decision to prosecute non-payers will be their final ‘roll of the e-toll dice’, to try to induce greater compliance,” Outa said.

The Justice Project South Africa also welcomed the announcement by Makhura, but with “cautious optimism” as it was not the first time that such a panel had been established.

The Star