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National Treasury weighs in on tolling saga

National Treasury applied to step into the court case against e-tolling on Monday.

E-tag that will be used for Gauteng's new highways

JOHANNESBURG - National Treasury applied to step into the court case against e-tolling on Monday.

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) applied for an urgent interdict to stop the launch and implementations of next week's launch of the multi-billion rand tolling project.

Court proceedings are scheduled to start on Tuesday.

Treasury said it applied to intervene in the court case because the financial implications of stopping the project this late in the game were costly.

The Treasurys stance is that halting e-tolling would affect future financing of roads and public transport.

South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) would in turn be left with a growing debt to pay off.

Treasury will argue that the launch should be allowed to proceed as planned on Monday as the project is vital for the country's economic growth.

Those opposed to e-tolling will try convincing the court the project is irrational, too expensive and was implemented without proper public consultation.

The case is due to be heard in the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday.

Determining the urgency of the application is expected to be the first order of business.