Outa appeals for funds to fight Sanral

The alliance believes the NPA and the roads agency will soon issue summonses for unpaid e-toll bills.

An e-toll gantry on the N1 in Johannesburg. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) is calling on the public to help raise more than R3 million in funds for their newly-launched Rule of Law campaign.

The alliance aims to fight the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) in court for prosecuting motorists who refuse to pay their e-toll bills.

Outa believes the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the roads agency are close to sending out summonses to defaulting motorists.

The alliance's Wayne Duvenage says the campaign is not a civil disobedience mobilisation.

He said it was aimed at protecting motorists who believed they had been unlawfully summoned to court for non-compliance.

"E-tolling is a wasteful and an unduly burdensome administrative process, which has numerous flaws which make it practically impossible to enforce."

Duvenage encouraged Gauteng motorists to approach the alliance if they received summonses from Sanral.

To help Outa enlist the best lawyers, the group urged the public to donate money for their campaign.

At the same time, Gauteng Premier David Makhura is expected to announce the terms of reference of his e-toll review panel in Johannesburg on Thursday.

In June, Makhura unveiled plans to establish a panel to investigate the controversial system during his inaugural State of the Province Address (Sopa).