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NPA to prosecute e-toll offenders

The NPA has confirmed that two senior prosecutors will begin prosecuting e-toll offenders.

An e-toll gantry on the N1 in Johannesburg. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN
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JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has taken another step towards compelling e-toll users to cough up with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) confirming to Eyewitness News that two senior prosecutors have been assigned to begin prosecuting offenders in Gauteng. 

It’s understood the advocates have been meeting with Sanral officials at their Midrand headquarters to study toll defaulter cases.

The NPA’s Nathi Mncube says two senior prosecutors have been assigned to handle e-toll cases.

While EWN has been told the two advocates will take on 40 test cases, Mncube says no definite numbers or deadlines have been set. 

“They will take the cases to court as and when they feel ready.”

Sanral’s Vusi Mona declined to comment on the development, saying the NPA handles prosecution matters. 

OUTA SLAMS DECISION

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) has slammed Sanral’s decision to forge ahead with the prosecution of e-toll defaulters.

Outa’s Wayne Duvenage insists e-tolling has been introduced unlawfully, and says Sanral should wait until the panel set up by Gauteng Premier David Makhura releases its findings

The panel, which will look at the socio-economic impact of the controversial system and its impact on residents and Gauteng at large, has four months to table its recommendations to the Gauteng government.

Meanwhile, the alliance has called on the public to help raise more than R3 million in funds for their newly-launched Rule of Law campaign which aims to fight Sanral in court for prosecuting motorists.

The controversial e-tolling system went live on 3 December after months of legal wranglings, protests and calls for civil disobedience.

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