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Outa to decide on e-toll ruling appeal

Outa will make a final decision on whether to continue its legal battle against e-tolling.

Outa's chairman Wayne Duvenage. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - It will be make or break for the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) on Monday, as will make a final decision on whether to continue its legal battle against e-tolling in Gauteng.

In December, a North Gauteng High Court delivered a crushing ruling against the alliance, paving the way for the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to switch on the gantries and begin its controversial tolling project.

Judge Louis Vorster also ordered the alliance to pay government's legal costs incurred at the High Court and at the Constitutional Court.

However, because of a parliamentary process, this is not expected to happen before February.

The alliance's chairman, Wayne Duvenage, said the appeal against the ruling could only go ahead if they received a mandate from their members.

He said they would almost certainly appeal the costs order, which amounts to millions of rands.

"We believe it is a very harsh penalty to place on society. Government has all the money, all our taxes, to fight these cases.

"We've got nothing. We've been going to the public to get the funds for this."

Despite an earlier ruling by the Constitutional Court, Duvenage believes they have a strong case.