DA mayors oppose WC toll project

Five DA mayors say they are opposed to the introduction of the N1/N2 Winelands Toll Road Project.

Democratic Alliance supporters voice their disapproval over the e-tolling system outside the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday, 24 April 2012 where the system is being challenged. Picture:Sapa

CAPE TOWN - The mayors of five Democratic Alliance-led municipalities in the Western Cape have come out in strong support for the City of Cape Town in its fight against the N1/N2 Winelands Toll Road Project.

The city has been given two days in court in May to try and interdict South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) from going ahead with the controversial project.

The tolls would essentially cover more than 100 kilometres between Cape Town and Worcester.

Five mayors from municipalities in the Boland region say they are unconditionally opposed to the rollout of the toll road project.

They believe the project will have a negative impact on the agriculture industry.

DA provincial leader Ivan Meyer says, "The agricultural products that will be transported to Cape Town will certainly be negatively affected and it will lead to higher food prices. It will really jeopardise food security."

For the time being, Sanral has agreed to put everything on hold until June.

The toll road project was first introduced in Gauteng.

E-tolls will see motorists pay to use a large stretch of the province's highways.

Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) and the Congress of the South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) are against the introduction of the tolling system.

In December, Outa took the matter to court but the North Gauteng High Court dismissed their application to have the tolls scrapped.