Govt to respond in e-toll review

The judicial review of e-tolling enters its second day with Govt set to respond to arguments.

Motorists pass a proposed toll road in Johannesburg on the N12 highway. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA.

PRETORIA - South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) will on Tuesday defend itself against allegations that it misled millions of people about e-tolling and its true cost.

The North Gauteng High Court is busy hearing a judicial review of the multi-billion rand project.

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) spent the day in court spelling out why it believes the system is unlawful.

The alliance has accused Sanral of keeping motorists in the dark for system that would cost eventually cost them more than R70 billion.

It's argued more than R30 billion would be spent on collecting fees which exceeds the cost of the entire project.

The alliance also told the court e-tolling was pushed through in time for the 2010 Fifa World Cup and Sanral has a deliberate strategy to prevent a public outcry.

The government's advocate David Unterhalter is expected to start responding to these arguments on Tuesday.

Jeremy Gauntlet who is acting on behalf of the National Treasury will also respond after Unterhalter.

Both will need to convince the court that meaningful consultation with the public did take place and that stopping e-tolling this late in the game would have dire consequences.