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'What we do is legal' - E-toll collector

The number appearing on the intimidating SMSs is being rerouted to a private collection agency, ETC Business Administrators. Picture: Outa

The number appearing on the intimidating SMSs is being rerouted to a private collection agency, ETC Business Administrators. Picture: Outa

Published Feb 18, 2016

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Johannesburg - E-tolls collection company ETC claims the ongoing assumption that the collection activity surrounding the new dispensation is illegal “is patently misguided”.

This follow claims by the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse legal affairs director, Ivan Herselman, that threatening text messages sent to motorists by a debt-collection agency on behalf of the South African National Roads Agency Limited were illegal.

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SMSes may scare motorists, but 'they're illegal'

ETC’s chief operating officer, Mark Ridgway, stressed on Wednesday that the payment of e-tolls was a legal requirement and any delinquency would be met with consequences.

“It is Sanral’s intention to pursue non-payers and to collect outstanding monies due,” Ridgway said. “Civil legal collection action is being prepared and Sanral intends to follow through on its communicated consequence for non-payment.

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