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Outa loses e-tolls appeal

The Supreme Court of Appeal has dismissed Outa’s appeal to stop the e-tolling system.

Outa’s Wayne Duvenhage. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Supreme Court of Appeal has dismissed the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance's (Outa) bid to stop the controversial multibillion Rand e-tolling project.

The Bloemfontein court also overturned an earlier crippling cost order which a high court had imposed on Outa, forcing it to pay the legal fees of its opponents.

President Jacob Zuma signed the e-toll bill into law which freed the South African National Roads Agency to launch the controversial project.

It is now expected the launch may happen within weeks.

It took the Supreme Court just two weeks to deliver judgement in this landmark case.

Outa says it's disappointed by the outcome and will now study the judgement in full.

The organisation is expected to announce its next move on Thursday morning.

During the hearing, Outa's legal team faced tough questions about the consequences of stopping e-tolling this late in the game.

The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) maintains it's ready to process millions of daily transactions and chase up motorists who don't pay. An exact date for when e-tolling will commence is yet to be announced.

To view a copy of the court ruling, click here.

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