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OUTA donations helping

OUTA says it can now start catching up on the R3 million it needs for legal fees with donations from SA.

OUTA says it can now start catching up on the R3 million it needs for legal fees with donations from SA. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) said on Friday with donations from the public and the Democratic Alliance (DA) it can now start catching up on the R3 million it needs for legal fees.

On Wednesday OUTA made an urgent appeal for funds saying it had to find at least R1 million within three weeks or face the possibility of being forced to abandon its legal challenge against e-tolling.

On Friday the DA pledged R1 million toward this battle while OUTA revealed it received half a million rand from regular South Africans.

OUTA's Wayne Duvenage said donations came from all corners.

"When I looked at the bank statement after I downloaded it I saw amounts like R50 and R100 being transacted and deposited in cash where people had taken the effort and time to go to the banks and put in those amounts in places like Mamelodi and Stilfontein."

He said the donations mean they have a firm mandate to take the battle to court.

The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) has accused OUTA of being a DA-front but the Congress of South African Unions (Cosatu) said the organisation has always been independent and the DA's donation won't break any alliances.