Court to rule on Sanral privacy

Sanral and the City of Cape Town have been locked in a legal battle over the N1/N2 Winelands project.

FILE: DA members picket 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 - The Western Cape High Court is expected to decide in a fortnight whether details pertaining to proposed e-tolls in the province can be heard in an open court.

The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and the City of Cape Town have been locked in a legal battle over the N1/N2 Winelands Toll Highway project.

Sanral is against the prospect, saying its application for confidentiality is to protect the integrity of the tender process.

Lawyers representing both the roads agency and the city will today make written submissions to the judge on the matter.

Both parties have already concluded arguments in closed hearings.

The city maintains it's in the public interest that details of the massive proposed tolling project Sanral wants to undertake in the Western Cape should be heard in an open court.

The city is supported by various organisations, including The Right2Know Campaign, which has called for the process to be transparent.

Sanral has defended itself by saying it has nothing to hide and that it will release the information once the tender process has been concluded.