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Sanral to study WC toll interdict

City of Cape Town says tolling is unnecessary and will place a burden on residents and the economy.

Sanral wants to study the Western Cape High Court ruling before deciding on a way forward.

CAPE TOWN - The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says it will study the Western Cape High Court's ruling on the controversial N1-N2 Winelands Toll Highway Project before deciding on a way forward.

The court on Tuesday granted the City of Cape Town's application for an interdict to stop Sanral from taking any steps to implement the project until its review application had been finalised.

The court also ordered the roads agency to hand over documentation that informed its decision to proceed with the project after it refused the City of Cape Town's requests for the documents.

The city said tolling was unnecessary and will place an undue burden on both residents and the economy.

Sanral's Vusi Mona said, "What was never in dispute is that upgraded and well maintained roads are essential for economic growth and social development in the Western Cape and the entire country and this is in everyone's interests. But the judgment has been handed down and we will study it and determine the way forward."

The Congress of South African Trade Unions welcomed the court ruling although its Western Cape secretary general Tony Ehrenreich has cautioned that it's not the end of the road.

"It's just a technical delay. It's not on the issue of whether toll roads will go ahead or not because that's essentially a government decision that has to be confronted by a mass based campaign of people opposed to it. We think that this court initiative may have been important, but it's a waste of taxpayer's money."