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DA: E-tolls an economic attack

The DA says it has a strong case to have e-toll legislation declared unconstitutional.

The DA says it has a strong case to have e-toll legislation declared unconstitutional. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it has a strong case to have legislation governing e-tolls declared unconstitutional.

The official opposition has approached the courts after the bill was passed in September.

The Western Cape High Court is hearing the matter today.

The DA's legal counsel Willie Duminy has argued the law governing e-tolls has been passed incorrectly.

He told the court it should have been tagged in Parliament as a Section 76 bill instead of a Section 75 bill.

The difference between the two is that Section 75 bills are only debated in Parliament while Section 76 bills are debated in Parliament and provinces.

The DA's Mmusi Maimane was present in court, saying e-tolling was an "economic attack" on South Africans.

Despite widespread protests against e-tolls, the system went live in Johannesburg on 3 December.

The system has been plagued with billing problems ever since.