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Judgment on e-tolls disappointing – Outa

Outa said it was a "sad day" for Gauteng motorists as e-tolls are given the go-ahead.

Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance chairperson Wayne Duvenage listens to presentations at the e-Toll hearings in Kempton Park on 13 November, 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

PRETORIA - The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) described Thursday's e-tolling judgment as a "sad day" for South African democracy.

Earlier, the North Gauteng High Court dismissed the alliance's bid to stop the multi-billion rand project.

The court also ordered Outa to pay its own legal fees and those of government, including both battles from the court and at the Constitutional Court.

The high court rejected Outa's claim that the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) deliberately kept the public in the dark.

Outa's Wayne Duvenage said they were disappointed by the ruling, but will not give in to Sanral's request to encourage the public to buy e-tags.

"We believe this decision will act as an invitation for civil disobedience, a situation where genuine public participation and public dialogue is deemed unnecessary by government."

Sanral CEO Nazir Alli accused the alliance of disrespecting an earlier Constitutional Court ruling and of putting the country's rule of law at risk.

"I hope Mr Duvenage himself, along with Mr Jack Bloom, will lead the charge in getting people to register for e-tags," said Ali.

E-tolling is expected to go live early in 2013.

Under the project, Gauteng motorists will be expected to fork out some 30 cents per kilometre for the use of upgraded highways.

To view the judgment click here