City to interdict WC toll project

The City of Cape Town will apply for a court interdict against the N1/N2 Winelands Toll Road Project.

A motorist expresses his views regarding the Gauteng toll system on 11 February 2013. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town on Wednesday said it is now planning to interdict the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) from going ahead with the controversial N1/N2 Winelands Toll Road Project.

The roads agency gave the council notice about plans to resume with construction.

The municipality said its initial order to have the N1/N2 Winelands Toll Road Project reviewed must still be heard in court later in March.

The city's Brett Herron said the case will give clarity on toll fees and project costs.

He added that Sanral's decision was "out of the blue".

"It seems that Sanral may feel embolden by the decisions and the outcome of the Gauteng freeway system, but we believe our case is very different to the Gauteng case."

Herron said they will approach the Western Cape High Court on Friday for an urgent interdict.

Gauteng motorists will be expected to pay to use a large stretch of the province's highways.

But in February, Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Transport announced that the start of e-tolling would be put on hold, pending the passing of a bill in the National Assembly.

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) and the Congress of the South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) are opposed to the controversial system.