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Cabinet to appeal e-toll interdict

Jacob Zuma and his cabinet still believe that e-tolling is the best way forward.

Jacob Zuma and his cabinet still believe that e-tolling is the best way forward.

CAPE TOWN - Cabinet decided on Wednesday to appeal the interim order halting e-tolling.

The decision was taken at cabinet's fortnightly meeting on Wednesday.

The North Gauteng High Court granted an urgent interdict against the controversial system several weeks ago.

Government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said it indicated that cabinet will not budge on its commitment to the user pay principle.

Zuma and his cabinet still believe that e-tolling is the best way forward for the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project.

Manyi said cabinet only received the written judgment setting aside e-tolling in the interim on Wednesday.

Government lawyers are now studying the judgment and should respond in due course.

In April, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria granted an interdict which placed the project on hold pending the outcome of a full legal review.

The interdict followed an urgent court application by anti-toll group, Opposition To Urban Tolling Alliance.

The project was due to launch on April 30, before the interdict was granted.

Just over a week after the interdict was granted, Sanral CEO Nazir Alli resigned from his post, casting more speculation over the e-toll system.

The inquiry is expected to get underway on a date set by the court and Sanral will hand over all documents relating to the project, ahead of the inquiry.