Outa to pay legal costs

Outa will have to pay its legal costs and those of government after losing a court case.

Outa has lost its case against e-tolling. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A Pretoria court on Thursday issued a crippling legal costs order against the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) which will run into millions of rands.

Earlier, Judge Louis Vorster dismissed the alliance's application to stop e-tolling and its attempt to force government to start the process from scratch.

The alliance had argued the public was deliberately deceived and kept in the dark while South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and the Treasury slammed the allegation as a "conspiracy theory".

The judge agreed with government that the alliance had no right to accuse Sanral of using the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup as a "torsion horse" for its controversial e-tolling project.

"Those allegations amount to no more than inferences which the applicant seeks to draw from the fact as they perceived them at the time."

He ruled the alliance must pay both its own legal costs and those of government, including both battles from the court and at the Constitutional Court.

However, the judge stopped short of imposing punitive costs relating to the World Cup allegations.

It is not yet clear whether the judgment will be appealed.

To view the judgment click here