Outa awaits verdict

Outa will on Friday find out if it will be allowed to take its case to the Supreme Court of Appeal.

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.

JOHANNEBURG - The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) will on Friday learn whether a Pretoria court will allow it to take its legal battle against e-tolling to the Supreme Court of Appeal.

The North Gauteng High Court delivered a stinging judgment against the alliance last month along with a crippling costs order which runs into millions of rands.

But Outa will ask the same court to allow it to appeal the judgment, arguing it was deeply flawed.

The hearing is expected to take no longer than an hour.

The alliance's legal team will argue Acting Judge Louis Vorster misinterpreted an earlier judgment by the constitutional court while the cost order was reasonably onerous.

Outa's Wayne Duvenage said they were taking the fight further regardless of the hearing.

"We can petition the Supreme Court of Appeal to hear our case. Either way it is not the end of the road for us."

A bill in parliament is holding up the multibillion rand tolling project, but it is expected to go live in the next couple of months.