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Cabinet's e-toll appeal questioned

Various organisations have criticised cabinet's decision to appeal against the e-toll ruling.

A protester holds up a placard voicing their message against e-tolling. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN
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Local Politics

JOHANNESBURG – Government has been accused of appealing a court judgment against e-tolling in order to make sure the truth about the project remains hidden.

On Thursday, Cabinet revealed its plan to challenge an interdict granted by the North Gauteng High Court, which stopped the controversial project.

Government said billions were borrowed and must be paid back.

It said defaulting on payments was not an option.

But the Democratic Alliance was quick to claim that the appeal was doomed to fail.

The Justice Project of South Africa (JPSA) said it was disappointed with cabinet’s decision.

JPSA’s Howard Dembovsky said, “There may be an attempt to stop the review [of e-tolls] so that corruption cannot be uncovered.”

In April, the Pretoria-based court granted an urgent interdict in favour of the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) pending a legal review.

Shortly before the judgment, Cosatu and the ANC met to discuss the issue.

They decided to postpone the project in order to find alternative ways of funding the project.

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)

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