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Sanral 'unfazed' by legal threats

Sanral says it's ready to meet anyone who decides to challenge the legality of e-tolling in court.

The multibillion rand e-tolling system is scheduled to go live on 3 December. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says it's ready to meet anyone who decides to challenge whether e-tolling is lawful and constitutional in court.

The multibillion rand system is scheduled to go live on Tuesday.

The roads agency also claims motorists are rushing to buy e-tags following the announcement of the launch date and says it will be able to offer the latest sales figures at the end of the week.

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance says the first person prosecuted for non-compliance will be able to test the legislation behind e-tolling.

A law firm has even offered to represent that person for free.

But Sanral's Vusi Mona says they are ready to face any challenge.

"We are unfazed about court challenges. We have been to court three times now and on all three occasions the courts have ruled in our favour."

'MOTORISTS WILL EVENTUALLY ACCEPT E-TOLLING'

Sanral's Nazir Alli said motorists will eventually accept e-tolling.

He said South Africans shouldn't vent their frustrations about general corruption and wasteful spending on the project.

"Eighty three percent of people who use this road network will pay no more than R100 per month."

Alli said the public should look at the positive side of the project.

"We don't always look at some of the positive things and I believe improvements to the highway outweigh the charges involved."

'FULL MIGHT OF THE LAW'

On Sunday, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters warned that drivers who refuse to comply with e-tolling will face the full might of the law.

Alli echoed the minister's comments on Monday.

He warned motorists to pay the bill within seven days or a debt collector would be sent.

Meanwhile, the call for civil disobedience continues to grow, with a number of prominent unions, political parties and civil groups urging motorists not to buy e-tags and to ignore invoices.

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa has gone so far as to threaten the ruling ANC.

It says it's considering withdrawing all support for the party if e-tolling goes ahead.