Another legal victory against Sanral

WC High Court dismissed Sanral’s bid to have information about the project kept secret.

FILE: Western Cape High Court dismissed Sanral’s bid to have information about the project kept secret. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town has won two rounds in its legal battle against the South African National Road Agency Limited (Sanral) as it pushes ahead with a review of the controversial N1/N2 Winelands tolling project.

On Thursday, the Western Cape High Court dismissed Sanral's bid to have information about the project kept secret.

But information and documents linked to the project will not be made public for now.

Last year, the city secured an interdict preventing the Sanral from continuing with the project, pending the court review.

However, Sanral can choose to appeal Thursday's judgment, but if it doesn't, the city will go ahead and file papers linked to its wider battle to stop the controversial tolling project.

The city's Brett Herrone says if the roads agency doesn't appeal, the city will file their supplement papers.

"If they don't appeal this decision, then we will file our supplementary papers. They have an opportunity to answer and hopefully the proceedings will close later this year or early next year and we will close the arguments in the first half of next year."

Sanral and the preferred bidder for the project wanted the court to grant an order allowing it to keep certain details of the contentious project out of the public domain.

The High Court said the application was unnecessary.

This is because the city is not allowed to disseminate or publish information linked to the toll project until the main review case is heard.