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Outa prepares e-toll appeal

Outa has two months to put together its case against government on the Gauteng e-tolling system.

Protest showing opposition to toll roads. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) has two months to prepare for its Constitutional Court appeal hearing.

Earlier on Wednesday, it emerged that the top court agreed to hear government's application for leave to appeal against the e-toll interdict handed down by the North Gauteng High Court in April.

The legal battle is likely to centre on the separation of powers between government and the judiciary.

Government has until mid-July to file papers dealing with the merits of the case.

Outa will submit its reply by the end of July.

The matter is then due to be heard on August 15.

Outa's lawyer Pieter Conradie said, "What will be argued is the leave to appeal. If it is successful, the case with be argued."

Government believes Judge Bill Prinsloo's decision to halt the controversial Gauteng e-tolling system will have massive economic consequences.

The alliance said the state has nobody to blame but itself.

Under the project, Gauteng motorists will pay to use a 185 kilometre stretch of the N1, N3, N12 and R21 highways.