'Sanral again shifting blame after inaccuracies in e-tolls'

The state in Duduzane Zuma’s crash inquest found e-toll data for the case unreliable.

The state in Duduzane Zuma’s crash inquest found e-toll data unreliable. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) has accused the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) of once again shifting the blame and refusing to take responsibility for inaccuracies in the e-tolling system.

The prosecuting team in the inquest into a fatal accident between President Jacob Zuma's son and a taxi driver in February said Sanral's data captured with cameras from gantries is unreliable.

The state wanted to use the data to determine whether Duduzane Zuma's accident was either human error or if he should be criminally charged.

A woman was killed in the crash.

The team wanted to use Sanral's e-tolling data to track Zuma's speed moments before the crash, but says its inconsistent.

Sanral says the state has misinterpreted the data.

But Outa's Wayne Duvenage says it's not that difficult to read, accusing the roads agency of deliberately shifting the blame.

"The minute that the system becomes questionable and is tagged with unreliability of its information, it's going to be a noose that hangs around the neck of that system for a long time. When you get feedback like this from an inquest, it's very worrying."