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Duvenage accused of having 'personal vendetta' against Sanral

The outa chairperson has been accused of fighting the e-toll battle for the wrong reasons.

Outa chairperson Wayne Duvenage. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - An e-toll discussion panel has heard that the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance's Wayne Duvenage has a personal vendetta against the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and needs to realise the system is working.

The panel was announced by Gauteng Premier David Makhura after huge opposition to the project in the province.

The South African Institution of Civil Engineers is hosting the discussion in Midrand with arguments for and against the multi-billion rand e-tolling project.

Independent Transport Economist Andrew Marsay lashed out at Duvenage during the panel discussion, accusing him of fighting the e-toll battle for the wrong reasons.

"The moral behind Outa has been an explicit drive to escalate a long-standing personal vendetta against Nazir Alli."

But Duvenage disagrees.

"We worked hard together with Sanral for over a year to find solutions to the car rental industry before we decided it needed to be challenged in court."

The overwhelming majority of submissions received by the panel have recommended that the system be stopped.

So far, only the Consulting Engineers South Africa is in full support of the project.

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

E-TOLL SOWETO HEARINGS BEGIN

The panel has started hearing submissions from Soweto residents with some saying the multi-billion rand system must be scrapped while others have called for the costs to be more reasonable.

A pensioner said he has paid taxes his entire life and doesn't have anything left to fund the roads too.

But a widow who said she pays hundreds for e-tolls a month, doesn't want the system to be scrapped and only wants the costs to be lowered.

The panel is expected to hand a final report to Makhura by the end of November.