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No irreparable harm will be caused if e-tolling begins on Tuesday, the High Court in Pretoria heard on Monday.

“When they go under the gantries tomorrow, the world is not going to end... they will just pay tolls,” said David Unterhalter SC, for the SA National Roads Agency Limited.

He said there was no urgency for the application, and that it should be struck from the roll.

The Freedom Front Plus has made a last minute application to try and stop the implementation of e-tolling, which is due to start on Tuesday.

Jeremy Gauntlett SC, for Transport Minister Dipuo Peters, said the application was irregular.

He said information contained in the affidavit by the FFPlus suggested that the minister rigged the e-toll implementation date to December 3.

“It is a dangerous allegation... and an abuse,” said Gauntlett, asking that the application be struck from the roll. -Sapa