Outa: Society at large rejects e-tolls
Outa collected R2.2 million over the past two weeks to fight e-tolls.
JOHANNESBURG - The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) on Tuesday said the money it raised since making an urgent appeal for funds shows more of people and businesses are rejecting e-tolling.
Outa on Monday told Eyewitness News that around R1.2 million in donations has streamed in since last week Wednesday.
This excludes the donation made by the Democratic Alliance (DA) which sparked debate about whether Outa's legal challenge has become politicised.
Outa's Chairman Wayne Duvenage said they had no choice but to accept the DA's money because their case was at risk of collapsing and the DA has a long track-record of opposing e-tolling.
"I think if they went out and had a referendum they would find out that this has gone into the realms of religious groups, business and across all sections of society that is rejecting e-tolling."
The Supreme Court of Appeal will hear Outa's case in late September.
E-tolling is due to be launched within weeks.
Meanwhile, 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 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."
In total, Outa has collected over R10 million in donations to fight the tolls.
At the same time, the Congress of South African Trade Unions 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.