Treasury: OUTA failed to present strong case

OUTA has failed to produce a smoking gun in the e-tolling review, according to the National Treasury.

OUTA's Wayne Duvenage (C) and his team in court during the judical revie of e-tolling on 26 November 2012. Picture: Alex Eliseev/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The National Treasury on Wednesday argued in court that despite having all the documents relating to e-tolling, the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) has failed to produce a smoking gun.

The third and final day of a judicial review into the controversial project is underway in the North Gauteng High Court.

The alliance has accused South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) of deceiving millions of people and robbing them of a chance to make meaningful objections, an allegation denied by government.

The National Treasury's advocate Jeremy Gauntlett said the alliance is yet to present a single other case where the court took a decision to stop a massive policy decision.

He said the Constitutional Court was clear in its judgment on e-tolls, saying the court had no right to interfere.

Gauntlett said government must be allowed to govern even if its decisions are unpopular and carry with them a political price.

He said the alliance accused Sanral of keeping people in the dark only to escape the black hole of their delay in bringing the court case.

Gauntlett also raised questions about whether the case constitutes as class action.

Meanwhile, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) is going ahead with its protest action against e-tolls.

The march will take place in Johannesburg on Friday.