Sanral wants Outa to be fined

Sanral said Outa is making “baseless and irresponsible” allegations against the agency.

A motorist uses the N12 highway, a proposed toll road in Johannesburg on Thursday, 15 November 2012. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA.

PRETORIA - The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral)'s lawyers have threatened to ask a court to effectively fine the Opposition To Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) or its advocate for making baseless allegations against the agency.

The drama unfolded on Wednesday morning during the third and final day of a judicial review into the controversial project in the North Gauteng High Court.

Earlier, Outa accused Sanral of deliberately misleading millions of people and keeping them in the dark about the full scale of the project.

Outa's advocate Mike Maritz had just started his final address when Sanral's legal representative, David Unterhalter, objected.

Unterhalter said the allegations being levelled against Sanral were "baseless and irresponsible".

After a quick break, Unterhalter asked the court to clarify whether Maritz was acting on instructions from his client, Outa, or made the claim in his personal capacity.

Either way, Sanral is considering applying for punitive costs, the court heard.

Maritz pushed on, saying they were not about to be intimidated.

Earlier, National Treasury argued that courts had no right to interfere with government policy decisions.