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CT heading back to court over secret Sanral documents

The WC High Court dismissed the city’s application for leave to appeal on Friday.

FILE: Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille says the city's authorities plan to approach the Supreme Court of Appeal in another bid to get South African National Roads Agency ( Sanral) to release documents related to the N1 and N2 winelands tolling.

The Western Cape High Court yesterday dismissed the City of Cape Town's application for leave to appeal against an earlier judgment that allows for the documents to be kept a secret.

De Lille says the judgment was dismissed on procedural aspects.

"We are appealing to a higher court to see if they cannot assist the city to get Sanral to make that information public."

Meanwhile in Gauteng last week, Gauteng Premier David Makhura said the participation of Sanral in his review panel on the e-tolling system will have no bearing on its outcome.

Makhura established the panel to assess the socio-economic impact of e-tolls on the province's motorists.

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

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said that the e-tolling system is non-negotiable and that national government will not change its stance on e-tolls even if the panel finds that the system should be scrapped.

The statement has brought into question the nature of Sanral's participation in the review panel hearings.

The panel is expected to continue with its public hearings until the end of the month after receiving submissions from members of the public.