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Ruling expected on details of WC toll project

Sanral says details related to the tender approval process are sensitive and cannot be made public yet.

FILE: Sanral says details related to the tender approval process are sensitive and cannot be made public yet.  Picture: Eybers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape High Court will today rule whether or not all details of Western Cape toll plans are to be heard in open court.

An application by the South African National Road Agency Limited (Sanral) seeks to prevent certain details of the N1 and N2 toll projects from being made public.

The city is arguing all details regarding tolling plans are relevant to ratepayers

Sanral says details related to the tender approval process are sensitive and cannot be made public yet.

The city's Brett Herron says this is a matter of huge public interest.

"It's obviously important for our residents and for the whole country that we are able to file our papers and open court. What Sanral is doing is to prevent us from sharing with the public is largely the information and the costs of tolling."

Earlier this month the Right2Know campaign brought an urgent application in the Western Cape High Court, asking for documents relating to the Winelands Toll Highway Project to be made public.

The campaign has given the court until 9 September to consider releasing the documents.

Meanwhile, The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said the e-tolling system has led to a "high state of confusion" in Gauteng and has called for a careful examination of Sanral's chief executive officer (CEO) Nazir Alli.

A special review panel tasked with assessing the impact of the multi-billion rand project has heard how e-tolling has negatively impacted province motorists.

The panel was appointed by Gauteng Premier David Makhura to assess the impact on motorists and the economy.

It will work with national government, municipalities and stakeholders to find a solution regarding the payment of e-tolls.

Cosatu said the transport system in the country is in a state of total chaos.

Furthermore, Cosatu has submitted proposals to the panel, saying the team should look at alternative methods to pay for the upgrades to Gauteng's freeways through a fuel levy or 1 percent business taxation.