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Govt, Outa prepare for e-toll battle

Both Outa and government will go head-to-head in the Constitutional Court over e-tolling.

Democratic Alliance supporters voice their disapproval over the e-tolling system outside the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday, 24 April 2012 where the system is being challenged. Picture:Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - November's final e-tolling review will give all sides enough time to prepare for legal battle, the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) said on Thursday.

In April, the alliance secured an interdict against the controversial project in the North Gauteng High Court.

But the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and National Treasury applied to the Constitutional Court for leave to appeal.

That matter will commence later in August.

Government said it will present its case in court, but is relieved the matter is finally coming to the fore.

Outa's Wayne Duvenage said they are ready for the final chapter.

"We look forward to our day [in court] because we will expose how shoddily and poorly the decisions have been made."

Government spokesperson Thabo Masebe said they will not go into the merits of the case for now, but will present their side in court.

The interdict issue is about whether the tolls can operate while the court battle drags on.

But the review will test whether the project makes economic sense and whether any rules were broken during its inception.

Under the current proposed project, motorists are expected to fork out around 30 cents per kilometre to use some of the province's highways.