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Court agrees to hear e-toll appeal

Outa says a court has agreed to hear its appeal against the decision to give e-tolling the green light.

Outa says the North Gauteng High Court has agreed to hear its appeal against the decision to give e-tolling the green light. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) on Tuesday said the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria agreed to hear its appeal on Friday.

In December, the court ruled in favour of government and the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), paving the way for e-tolls to be launched.

A bill in parliament has delayed the start of the multibillion rand project, while the fate of the e-tolling is likely to ultimately be decided at the Constitutional Court.

The alliance's chairman Wayne Duvenage said they believed the court would allow them to take their case to the Supreme Court of Appeal.

"We would not defend and go and appeal that judgement unless we believed we had a very strong case and strong merits to do so."

He said the crippling costs order that went against them was unnecessary.

Duvenage said the case boiled down to protecting people's constitutional rights, and said millions of rands were still needed to help fund the battle.

Meanwhile Government has said the courts will make the right decision.