'E-toll saga devastating for SA'

Minister Pravin Gordhan says the e-toll interdict could have a bad effect on SA.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The e-tolling judgment could set a devastating precedent if left unchallenged, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Wednesday.

He made the claim in his founding affidavit of government's application to have Judge Bill Prinsloo's ruling reviewed in the Constitutional Court.

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) said it was disappointed the appeal was going this far.

But the group said they were ready to oppose the application.

Gordhan said the case related to separation of power between government and the judiciary.

He asked the Constitutional Court to decide on whether the public can use the courts to interfere in multi-billion rand policies which are planned far in advance.

The minister said the interim interdict has caused far-reaching and irreparable harm.

Gordhan said it could affect the country's financial standing and reputation.

He warned that money may have to be moved away from other social projects to recover the debt.

Ultimately, the public may have to pay for the damage, Gordhan said.

Outa has 10 days to file its answering affidavits.

The court will then decide on whether to hear the matter.

In April, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria issued an interdict against the controversial Gauteng e-tolling project.

The court said the system must be reviewed.