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Tempers flare at e-toll hearing

Several people walked out of the hearing after they were prevented from voicing their objections.

A protester holds up a placard voicing their message against e-tolling. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

KEMPTON PARK - Tensions flared on Tuesday at the first public hearing into the controversial Gauteng e-tolling system.

Several people walked out in protest, saying they were angry that their voices would not count in terms of whether the system should be implemented.

The first round of hearings related to tariffs and exemptions, and not about the future of e-tolling itself.

The hearing is one of three being held in Gauteng and is part of a month-long process which delayed the roll-out of the project.

The hearings were attended by less than 100 people.

It was meant to be a peaceful affair, but when people were not allowed to voice objections to the e-tolls, tempers boiled over.

The first speaker stormed out of the hall after the facilitator threatened to call security.

A small group of people shouted that e-tolls were being forced down their throats before leaving the venue.

The second speaker also voiced his anger against the project.

Sanral representatives were also at the hearings and presented a detailed breakdown of the tariffs and exemptions.

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa)'s Wayne Duvenage said they received around 2,500 written submissions, which will be passed on to government.

Similar hearings will be held in Pretoria and Sandton later this week.