City granted leave to appeal Sanral gag order

City of Cape Town authorities approached the SCA after a ruling by the Western Cape High court.

FILE: DA members picket outside the Western Cape High Court against Sanral’s application to keep tolling details secret on 4 August 2014. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town has been granted leave to appeal a gag order by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral).

City authorities approached the Supreme Court of Appeal after a ruling by the Western Cape High court earlier this year that it cannot file papers in an open court.

The issue pertains to Sanral's proposed tolling of the N1/N2 Winelands tolling project which has received fierce objection from local and provincial government.

The city's Brett Herron believes tolling would have an adverse effect on the poor.

"We can now go to the Supreme Court of Appeal and we will do so on 8 March and argue that we should be allowed to file our papers in an open court and thus the public should be informed of what our case is against tolling."

Earlier this year, the city won two rounds in its legal battle against Sanral as it pushed ahead with a review of the controversial N1/N2 Winelands tolling project.

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

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