Sacci: Sanral must abandon e-tolls

The controversial multibillion rand system is due to be launched before the end of the year.

The controversial multibillion rand system is due to be launched before the end of the year. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) on Thursday called on the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to abandon its plans to establish specialised courts to enforce e-tolling.

The controversial multibillion rand system is due to be launched before the end of the year.

Sacci says the specialised courts will put an additional financial burden on the taxpayer and would duplicate existing judicial structures.

It says the proposed courts raise further questions about whether the e-tolling system will be able to cope with the volume of transactions it will have to handle.

Sanral denies that a possible boycott by motorists could cause the entire project to collapse.

Meanwhile, the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) will reveal on Friday whether it will continue its legal bid to stop e-tolling.

Last week, the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed its application to put an end to the controversial project.

To continue any legal battle, Outa 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 in Johannesburg would require a similar amount.

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