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Outa to discuss e-toll funding with Motlanthe

Outa expects to meet Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to discuss e-toll funding issues.

Toll road prices, displayed next to the N1 highway in Johannesburg. Picture: Louis Kirstein/iWitness

JOHANNESBURG - The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) said it expects to meet Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe before the end of June to discuss funding issues around the e-toll project.

The alliance filed its answering affidavit to the Constitutional Court on Monday, where an appeal against an interdict which halted the project, may now be heard.

Government argued that Judge Bill Prinsloo, who granted the urgent interdict, went too far.

It said the judgment caused major economic harm to the country.

In its reply, the alliance said the interdict it won was not to blame for the credit downgrade of the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), or for any other economic consequences.

Outa maintains that government's decision to postpone the launch of e-tolling at least four times, is what damaged investor confidence.

Sanral was still not ready to fully implement the system, it added.

The alliance's chairperson, Wayne Duvenage, said they unearthed evidence showing that the cost of collecting fees could, over 20 years, prove to be dramatically more expensive than expected.

He said Outa remained committed to the battle to stop the project, but needed funding for legal fees.

Duvenage urged the public to "come to the party urgently".

The Constitutional Court will now decide whether to hear Government's appeal.

If implemented, e-tolling will see Gauteng motorists pay 35c/km to use some of Gauteng's highways.