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Judgment expected in e-toll hearing

Judge Bill Prinsloo will on Wednesday decide whether a court challenge against Gauteng’s e-tolling...

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Judge Bill Prinsloo will on Wednesday decide whether a court challenge against Gauteng’s e-tolling project is urgent enough to stop next week’s controversial launch.

The North Gauteng High Court heard arguments for and against an urgent interdict yesterday brought by the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA).

After a full day of battle between some of the country’s top legal minds, Wednesday’s decision is crucial for millions of drivers waiting for the outcome.

Whatever Judge Prinsloo decides, his judgment will have a massive impact on South Africa. 

Sanral and the Treasury have argued the court challenge is four years too late and has accused the alliance of strategically waiting for the last moment to run to the courts.

But, OUTA said it was confident Wednesday’s judgment in the e-tolling case will go its way. 

Despite an early set-back in not being allowed to amend its application, the OUTA’s lawyer Pieter Conradie said the case was made.

“We are very confident that we can win on urgency.” 

The alliance however said it would have launched its challenge earlier if it had the information it needed.

It said several postponements and endless confusion around fees and exemption meant the full magnitude of the scheme only emerged over the past few months.

If Judge Prinsloo finds the matter is not urgent the case will only resume well after the launch.



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