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Outa to continue e-toll legal battle

Outa has received a mandate from its members to appeal the e-tolls court order.

Outa has received a mandate from its members to continue appeal the e-tolls court order. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA.

JOHANNESBURG - The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) on Monday decided to keep fighting its battle against e-tolling.

Outa will appeal a decision handed down by the North Gauteng High Court in December.

The alliance spent Monday locked in meetings with its legal team.

It appears to have secured a mandate from its members to push ahead with the court case.

Outa chairperson Wayne Duvenage says they believe they have a strong case.

"The committee has decided that we will seek leave to appeal and we will file our application on Tuesday.

"What is critical in this case is that there is active public participation and to get the funds required to fight this case."

In December, the court ruled in favour of the South African Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), paving the way for it to switch on its controversial tolling system.

But because of a parliamentary process, e-tolling will not start until at least February.

The Constitutional Court has already dismissed an application to interdict the project, so the latest appeal will not place it on ice.

Under the project, Gauteng motorists are expected to fork out at least 30 cents per kilometre for the use of upgraded highways in the province.

During the legal battle in 2012, Sanral and government argued that the public had enough time to participate in the public consultations process.

It said Outa waited too long to object to the project.

Outa slammed back, saying the e-tolls public consultations were not enough.