Outa may appeal e-toll ruling

Outa will decide whether it will appeal the ruling which allows the e-toll project to go ahead.

A devastated Wayne Duvenhage on 13 December 2012, after the North Gauteng High Court dismissed OUTA’s application to have e-tolling in Gauteng abandoned. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) said on Wednesday it will decide by Thursday whether it will be appealing a high court ruling which gave the go ahead for the controversial e-tolling project.

A week ago the North Gauteng High Court ruled that the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project was legal and could be rolled out.

Outa's Wayne Duvenage said the organisation feels there is enough grounds to appeal last week's judgment, especially the ruling that Outa has to pay government's legal costs.

"It's more than likely we will appeal the cost order as we found that to be very harsh. We also found that there is enough reason to look at appealing the judgment. "

Both Outa and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) have continued their calls for motorists not to buy e-tags.

The transport department said it has not yet decided on a date on the implementation of e-tolls yet.

But it said the system is ready to be rolled out.