WC toll highway case underway
The City of Cape Town on Thursday argued against the introduction of the N1 N2 Toll Highway Project.
CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape High Court on Thursday heard the City of Cape Town's argument as to why the controversial N1 N2 Winelands Toll Road Project should not go ahead.
The municipality is trying to interdict the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) from tolling more than 170 kilometres of road in the Western Cape.
The city demanded to know what the costs related to the project were, while the Democratic Alliance (DA) said the initiative would hit the poor the hardest.
Dozens of DA supporters picketed outside the court chanting and carrying posters, reading "Say no to tolls".
Their loud singing could still be heard from inside a packed courtroom where both DA Western Cape leader Ivan Meyer and the city's Brett Herron were listening in on proceedings.
Lawyers for the city believe they have a compelling case and argued Sanral's decision to go ahead with the project was irrational.
They believe the road agency was given a blank cheque for the initiative without having full knowledge of the costs.
Both the Congress of the South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the ANC also voiced their opposition to tolling the province's highways.
Meanwhile, Cosatu has threatened to strike in Gauteng over the tolling system there.
The union will embark on protest action at the end of May against e-tolling.
The protests would carry over into June.
According to Sanral, e-tolling should proceed in the next two months.