Radebe: No special e-toll courts

The minister says the existing legislative framework is broad enough to prosecute people.

FILE: Justice Minister Jeff Radebe says the existing legislative framework is broad enough to prosecute people. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - There are no plans to set up special e-toll courts, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said on Wednesday.

This was revealed in a written reply to a parliamentary question.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) raised the issue with the minister amid speculation that special courts would be established to prosecute motorists who do not pay for tolling.

Radebe said his department was not specifically asked to establish special e-toll courts.

He said in his view, the existing legislative framework was broad enough to prosecute people for contraventions.

Radebe says prosecutions will be conducted in ordinary district courts.

He did, however, say there will be a review of the capacity requirements of those courts in future.

DA Member of Parliament (MP) Debbie Schafer said it would be a slap in the face of ordinary South Africans if the collection of e-tolls was prioritised.

The e-tolling system will officially go live in Gauteng on 3 December.

Suspended Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi has called on motorists to unite and not pay for tolls.