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JPSA slams e-toll courts

The JPSA says government is more concerned about collecting money instead of saving lives.

The JPSA says government is more concerned about collecting money instead of saving lives. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Questions are being asked about government's priorities following news that discussions are underway to establish specialised e-tolling courts.

The controversial Gauteng tolls are due to launch before the end of the year.

Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) has asked why government has prioritised these courts instead of more serious violations on the roads.

JPSA Chairperson Howard Dembovsky says the Department of Justice has not yet established specialised courts for drunk or reckless driving.

"Clearly, collecting money is way more important that saving lives," he says.

The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says it will cope with the number of daily transactions, but Dembovsky is not convinced.

"Even with these special courts in place, it's still doubtful that they'll be able to prosecute a million motorists a month."

Meanwhile, the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) is meeting on Monday to decide whether to continue or abort its legal bid to stop the multi-billion rand project.

Last week, the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed its bid to put an end to the programme.

To continue any legal battle, the organisation will need a mandate from its members as well as more funding.

Outa is now in debt of about R1,5 million.

Approaching the Constitutional Court would require a similar amount.

Last week, Outa Chairperson Wayne Duvenage said there was a slim chance of an appeal.