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JPSA to tackle Sanral, NPA on e-tolls

The NPA appointed two senior advocates to focus specifically on cases referred by the roads agency.

Sanral's highway monitoring an toll collection centre in Johahannesburg. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

PRETORIA - The Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) is digging in its heels against plans by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to tackle e-toll defaulters.

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) has also recommitted itself to helping motorists who are criminally prosecuted.

Eyewitness News revealed this morning the NPA appointed two senior advocates to focus specifically on cases referred by the roads agency.

JPSA chairperson Howard Dembovsky believes the NPA and Sanral are being reckless by forging ahead with plans, despite a chance that e-tolls may be scrapped.

"Should prosecutions proceed prior to that and people are convicted and given criminal records, those people will retain those records despite e-tolls being scrapped."

The NPA's Nathi Mncube said motorists would be prosecuted by laws requiring road users to pay for tolls.

If found guilty, motorists could face up to six months in jail, a substantial fine, or even both.

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