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Judge to rule on e-tolling

Judgment on Gauteng's controversial e-tolling system is due to get underway in Pretoria on Saturday.

Signs along Gauteng's highways indicate the new toll prices
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Judgment in a court case launched to stop Gauteng’s controversial e-tolling system is due to get underway in Pretoria on Saturday morning.

The North Gauteng High Court spent three days hearing arguments into whether the project should be interdicted and then reviewed.

While the case was heard against a Monday deadline, the launch of the tolls has now been pushed back by a month.

Judge Bill Prinsloo is due to give his ruling at 11am, having spent Friday going through more than 3,000 pages of arguments and exhibits.

His ruling will have massive consequences for the country.

Sanral and the Treasury have argued that an interdict could see the project put on ice until 2013, which would have a negative impact on the economy.

However, the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) says the scheme is irrational and has already been postponed several times.

It remains to be seen whether Thursday’s decision to delay the announcement by a month, will have any impact on the court case.

The alliance says the only threat is that the judge may now want to take more time in writing his judgment.

Meanwhile, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele has urged motorists to stop fighting e-tolling and accept that they have to pay for Gauteng highways.

Ndebele has been adamant the tolling system will go ahead.

He says motorists have started buying e-tags and the system has reached a point of no return.

Another critic of the tolls, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has put on hold its planned protest against the system pending the judgment.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)

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