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Duvenage: Outa has grounds for appeal

Outa Chairperson Wayne Duvenage says they are bitterly disappointed with the SCA ruling.

Outa Chairperson Wayne Duvenage says they are bitterly disappointed with the SCA ruling. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) on Thursday said it believes it has found grounds to challenge the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA)'s e-tolls ruling.

But the alliance is yet to decide whether it will approach the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg.

On Wednesday, the Bloemfontein court dismissed Outa's application to stop Gauteng e-tolls, saying it is too late to entertain such a request.

Speaking at a press conference in Illovo on Thursday morning, Outa Chairperson Wayne Duvenage said they were bitterly disappointed with the ruling.

He accused the court of closing its eyes to the real argument.

"The public at large only became aware of e-tolling after the World Cup late in 2010 with the emergence of the e-toll gantries. The SCA failed to confront this fact."

Meanwhile, government says it's not panicking about the possibility of people rebelling against e-tolling.

The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) reports that 608,000 vehicles have already registered, acting Cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams says.

"At this point, we are not in a panic that people are going to be rebelling.

"Cabinet urges all motorists who frequently use the Gauteng freeways to register with the system and purchase their e-tags so as to enjoy the discounted tariffs."

Williams says government has heard concerns about the system and introduced a cap on monthly toll fees, shielding the poor with exemptions for public transport and giving transport companies a rebate.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters is expected to announce the official launch of e-tolls.