Picket for N1/N2 toll docs to be made public

Sanral wants information relating to the N1/N2 Winelands toll project to be kept out of the public domain.

DA members picketing outside the Western Cape High Court against Sanral’s application to keep tolling details secret on 4 August 2014. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Hundreds of Democratic Alliance (DA) supporters are picketing outside of the Western Cape High Court against an application by the South Africa National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to keep certain details of a proposed tolling project a secret.

Sanral wants certain information relating to the N1 and N2 Winelands toll project to be kept out of the public domain.

This move is opposed by the DA who runs the City of Cape Town.

Sanral's application to keep the details a secret received fierce opposition at the Western Cape High Court.

A group of DA supporters are protesting and carrying placards that read 'say no to toll roads'.

The party's provincial leader Ivan Meyer briefly addressed supporters, saying the public has the right to access the information that Sanral wants to keep private.

Some of the details being contested include the facts and figures around the cost of the proposed tolling project.

The Right2Know Campaign has described Sanral's move as unusual.

The organisation's Alison Tilley has called on the roads agency to conduct the process openly or, at the very least, have part of the court hearing opened to the public.

The court is hearing arguments from Sanral as to why details of the proposed tolling project in the province should not be open.

Tilley says courts would usually only bar the public from criminal cases involving minors.

She says its likely Sanral does not want the facts and figures around the cost of the project to be known.