Motlanthe to discuss e-tolls with churches

Catholic Bishops' Conference has thrown its weight behind Outa and its challenge against e-tolls.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe during Cabinet Lekgotla held at Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Despite government's stance on e-tolling and its assurances that it will be launched within weeks, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe will meet church leaders on Friday to discuss the project.

The Catholic Bishops' Conference has thrown its weight behind the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) and its challenge against the controversial system.

On Wednesday, Outa made an urgent appeal for funding saying it needs R1 million within the next three weeks.

It also revealed the Supreme Court of Appeal will hear the next phase of the legal battle in late September.

Motlanthe's spokesman Thabo Masebe says church leaders took part in initial meetings chaired by the deputy president.

"Our understanding was that they were happy their concerns were adequately addressed during those discussions."

Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the churches are some of the organisations who are opposed to the controversial system.

Last week, Cosatu led a drive slow in Gauteng against e-tolling.

The trade union federation believes the system will have a negative impact on the working class.

Meanwhile, South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) maintains that the launch of e-tolling is imminent.