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NPA in U-turn on e-toll prosecutions?

The NPA will not yet investigate or order the arrest of any motorists with outstanding e-toll bills.

The e-tolling system went live on 3 December after months of legal wranglings, protests and calls for civil disobedience. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says it will not yet investigate or order the arrest of any motorists with outstanding e-toll bills.

The NPA yesterday announced it had assigned two prosecutors to establish whether or not Gauteng motorists are breaking the law by refusing to pay for the tolls.

A South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) act says it's a criminal offence for any driver to use a public road and refuse to pay.

The NPA's Nathi Mncube says Sanral will have to present evidence that proves the law has been broken before any case is considered for prosecution.

"We will then look into that matter on its own merit and make a decision on whether to prosecute or not."

Meanwhile, a panel set up by Gauteng Premier David Makhura, which will look at the socio-economic impact of the controversial e-tolling system and its impact on residents and Gauteng at large, has four months to table its recommendations to the Gauteng government.

The e-tolling system went live on 3 December after months of legal wranglings, protests and calls for civil disobedience.