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E-tolls: Calls for civil disobedience grow

Critics of the project say it will collapse due to the high number of motorists who won’t pay.

Critics of the project say it will collapse due to the high number of motorists who won’t pay. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As calls for civil disobedience grow ahead of the e-tolls launch next week, South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) says more than 700,000 people have already registered to buy e-tags.

The road agency says at least 100,000 of these registrations took place in the last month and more are expected before the system goes live on the 3 December.

Sanral CEO Nazir Ali says those who refuse to buy e-tags will be charged under the law.

He says compliance is needed.

"We will follow a debt-collection process like any other system or business in South Africa. Once we've finished the debt-collection process we trust that people will pay. Lastly, the Criminal Procedure Act will come into play where they will receive a summons."

Meanwhile, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters says the system includes emergency and vehicle towing services.

Speaking at a media conference at the Sanral operation centre in Midrand, Peters said Gauteng residents will get value for their money.

She said the gantries are equipped with high-definition cameras which will be monitored around the clock and she has a high level of confidence in the system.

The department says those who don't comply with the system and refuse to pay will face criminal charges.

Meanwhile, Sanral and the transport department said on Wednesday denied claims they ignored the public in setting the final e-tolling tariffs.

Critics of the multibillion rand project say it will collapse due to the high number of motorists who won't pay for e-tolling.

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