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Outa to decide on e-toll battle

Outa will on Monday decide whether it will continue its legal battle to stop e-tolling.

Outa will decide on Monday whether it will abandon or continue its legal battle to stop e-tolling. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) will decide on Monday whether it will abandon or continue its legal battle to stop e-tolling.

Last week, the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed Outa's bid to stop e-tolls.

E-tolling is due to be launched before the end of this year.

Outa will hold a meeting during which it will discuss the latest court ruling and decide on a way forward.

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

As things stand, Outa is around R1,5 million in the red and approaching the Constitutional Court will require a similar amount.

Outa may only announce its decision on Tuesday.

The grouping says it believes it has grounds to take the fight to the highest court in the land and has accused the Supreme Court of Appeal of failing to protect people against an unlawful scheme.

COSATU JOINS E-TOLL BATTLE

Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said on Saturday it would intensify its campaign against the implementation of e-tolls on Gauteng freeways.

The federation says national protests are planned for November.

Cosatu says it's angry that a bill giving e-tolls the green light was signed into law last month by President Jacob Zuma.

But the federation says while there are many things it and the ANC don't agree on, this will never destroy the alliance between the two.

Cosatu President Sdumo Dlamini says members across the country will take to the streets again next month to show their opposition to the system.

The federation has once again urged motorists not to buy e-tags, saying the battle is far from over.

It has strongly protested the programme for many months, arguing that it simply won't work.