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Sanral hits out at DA, Outa

Outa said it would have accepted any funding in its fight against the Gauteng e-tolls.

Outa's Wayne Duvenhage at the North Gauteng High Court. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Both the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) on Friday downplayed the political implications of a R1 million donation made by the opposition party for the e-tolls case.

Outa on Wednesday made an urgent appeal for funding, saying it had received a notice from its lawyers and had three weeks to find R1 million.

The lobby group also collected R500,000 from the public, clearing the way for the Supreme Court of Appeal to hear the matter.

The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) was the first to accuse Outa of being a front for the DA.

It said the battle had nothing to do with the economy or road infrastructure and everything to do with politics.

But Outa's Wayne Duvenage dismissed the claim.

He said the group would have also accepted money from the ANC or Freedom Front Plus.

The DA's Mmusi Maimane said, "The issue has been both civil and political."

The Supreme Court of Appeal will hear a challenge against e-tolling in September.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), which has also been supporting Outa's fight against the controversial system, spoke out following Friday's announcement.

It called the DA opportunistic, but said no alliances were broken and campaigns against e-tolling would continue.

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