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Outa collects R1.2m from the public

The R1.2 million excludes the donation made by the Democratic Alliance.

Outa's Wayne Duvenage. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) on Monday said it collected around R1.2 million in donations from the public.

This figure excludes the R1 million donation made by the Democratic Alliance (DA) on Friday.

On Wednesday, the lobby group made an urgent call for funding, saying if it failed to raise R1 million in three weeks it would have to consider abandoning its Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) case.

The DA's donation sparked debate about whether the fight against Gauteng e-tolling was being politicised.

Outa's Wayne Duvenage said, "We are simply in awe with the public's reaction to our call. We can't say thank you enough."

He said the support proved the battle was supported by society at large.

"If Sanral [the South African National Roads Agency Limited] thinks there's no case and the public is actually OK with e-tolling, then I really think they are blind to the fact and they're not listening to what is happening out there."

The SCA will hear the court challenge against e-tolling in September.

The controversial system is due to be launched within weeks.

In total, Outa has collected over R10 million in donations to fight the tolls.

Meanwhile, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said it would continue supporting Outa despite the DA's funding.

The trade union federation accused the DA of being opportunistic, but said it remained opposed to the system.

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