E-toll judgment reserved

After three days of arguments and accusations, the judicial review of e-tolling has come to an end.

Both Sanral and Outa ended their cases in court on the e-tolls by accusing each other of deceit.

PRETORIA - A hearing into the future of e-tolling ended on Wednesday after three days of arguments, accusations of bias and dramatic calls for advocates to be fined.

On Wednesday, the North Gauteng High court reserved judgment in its judicial review of the controversial multi-billion rand project.

Earlier, the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) accused the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) of deceiving millions of people and failing to consult with them.

But Sanral said the public stood by for years and did nothing.

National Treasury's Advocate Jeremy Gauntlett says allowing courts to interfere in government policy is like pulling a thread from a jersey - sooner or later, the garment will unravel.

He argued the consequences will be dire if e-tolling is stopped.

Outa's Advocate Mike Maritz disputes this claim.

"It doesn't necessarily follow that there will be this financial catastrophe or fiscal problems from the get go."

Sanral called on the court to impose punitive costs on Maritz or Outa, for accusing Sanral of deliberate deceit without showing proof.

No date for the judgment was set, but Judge Louis Vorster says he will work as fast as he can.