Outa: R1m still needed to fight e-tolls

The Supreme Court of Appeal will hear the next phase of the e-toll case on 25 September.

Montly users will pay over R50 on Gauteng's e-tolled roads. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) said around R2 million has been donated by individuals towards its legal costs and another R6 million by business for its court battle but it's still short.

On Wednesday Outa revealed that unless it can raise another R1 million in three weeks, it could be forced to abandon its challenge against e-tolling.

The Supreme Court of Appeal is due to begin hearing the next phase of the case on 25 September.

Outa's Wayne Duvenage said, "We are really in awe at how society has come to the party and we believe it is the most public funded case in our democracy."

Meanwhile, 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.

Outa also made an urgent appeal for funds.

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

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

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

If the controversial system is implemented, motorists will pay at least 30 cents per kilometre to use a large stretch of provincial highways.

(Edited Refilwe Pitjeng)