DA joins e-tolling case

The party on Monday announced its support the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance.

Toll road gantry on one of Gauteng's highways. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Monday if government wins a Constitutional Court challenge against the e-tolling interdict next week, a bad precedent could be set.

The party on Monday announced it had applied to join in the case and support the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) which is defending the interdict it secured in April.

A full review of the controversial project is expected to begin in late November.

The DA's Jack Bloom said they believe that the right for people to challenge a government policy like e-tolling is at stake here.

"What government is trying to do in the Constitutional Court case is to restrict the ability of the court to stop the government's decision that the public may feel is arbitrary or irrational and non-procedural.

"We believe that the public have this right under the Constitution."

Bloom said they saw no option but to step in.

"We believe that this is a very important Constitutional case and we believe that we've got an added argument in the case against the government."

Bloom said they have waited for all parties to file their court papers in order to understand what value they can bring to the hearing.

The application is likely to be heard next week Wednesday and is expected to be opposed by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and the National Treasury.