Outa needs funds for e-toll case

The organisation will have to raise R1 million over the next three weeks for its upcoming court case.

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.

JOHANNESBURG - The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) on Wednesday said the launch of e-tolling would be a "messy affair" and maintained it had a strong case against the controversial system.

The group held a special media briefing to announce that the Supreme Court of Appeal would hear its case on 25-26 September.

Outa also made an urgent appeal for funds.

The organisation's Wayne Duvenhage said they received a notice from lawyers and must raise R1 million over the next three weeks.

"Despite Sanral's utterances that Outa's current legal action is of no consequence to them, it is of consequence to them. Should the Supreme Court of Appeal rule in Outa's favour, their plans for e-tolling could very well be halted."

He said if they fail to raise the funds, their case may never be tested before the courts.

"What we do know is that it [Sanral] does not have the support of society. It is going to be a very messy affair."

E-tolling is due to be launched within weeks, regardless of the pending court case.

On Friday, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) embarked on a drive-slow in Gauteng to demonstrate its opposition to e-tolling.