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DA loses e-toll court bid

The DA took the bill governing e-tolling to court in a bid to have it declared unconstitutional.

The DA took the bill governing e-tolling to court in a bid to have it declared unconstitutional. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA)'s legal bid to have the law governing e-tolls deemed unconstitutional has been dismissed by the Western Cape High Court.

The judgment was handed down a short while ago.

The official opposition approached the courts after the bill was passed in September and was challenging the constitutionality of the Transport Laws and Related Matters Amendment Bill.

The DA's legal counsel Willie Duminy on Wednesday argued the law governing e-tolls had been passed incorrectly, telling 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 the provinces.

The DA's Mmusi Maimane says, "Obviously we're disappointed but the fight for motorists must continue. We'll consider the judgment."

"We'll consult our legal team to make sure that we can find out what the Constitutional Court's ruling on the particular matter will be.

He says, "We feel provinces are suffering a material loss as an impact of tolling."

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

The system has been plagued with billing problems ever since.