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Cabinet urges people to register for e-tolls

Cabinet has welcomed the announcement of a launch date for e-tolling in Gauteng.

Cabinet has welcomed the announcement of a launch date for e-tolling in Gauteng.

JOHANNESBURG - Cabinet has welcomed the announcement of a launch date for e-tolling in Gauteng and has urged South Africans to register.

On Wednesday, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters revealed e-tolling will begin on 3 December.

A post-Cabinet briefing is currently underway in Pretoria and is being led by Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.

She said, "Cabinet welcomes the announcement of yet another milestone in the life of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) with the tolling on designated sections of the Gauteng highways commencing on 3 December 2013."

Meanwhile, a new legal bid to stop e-tolling has been launched by the Democratic Alliance (DA), but a date is yet to be allocated for the hearing.

The party is attacking a technicality relating to how the e-toll bill was handled in Parliament and whether there was enough consultation.

The DA believes it can prove the handling of the bill was unconstitutional.

In September, President Jacob Zuma signed the Transport Laws and Related Matters Amendment Bill into law which effectively gave the green light for the controversial system to be implemented.

But the focus at today's briefing is expected to fall on the battle over the Public Protector's Nkandla report.

Security cluster ministers are attending the briefing and will be answering questions.

They are expected to respond to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's plans to, as she calls it, ' depoliticise' the Nkandla investigation.