First On EWN: Sanral's Nazir Alli hits 'fraud' pothole

Sanral told EWN it’s investigating fraud allegations relating to a statement submitted in court by Nazir Alli.

FILE: Sanral CEO Nazir Alli (centre). Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) has told Eyewitness News it's investigating fraud allegations relating to a statement submitted in court by its head, Nazir Alli.

The statement forms part of a legal battle over Sanral's proposed N2 Wild Coast toll route between Durban and East London.

While Sanral claims the new road will empower communities, those opposed to it accuse the state-owned company of failing to consult with those whose lives will be affected.

The fraud allegations stem from one of Alli's court affidavits, which relies on six supporting statements.

One of these supporting documents has been dismissed as an alleged forgery by the so-called author, who says she neither wrote nor signed it.

Community leader, Nomvelwana Mhlengana, also raises concerns that three other supporting affidavits could be fakes and asks whether some of the authors actually exist.

The attorney representing some of the tribal authorities affected by the planned road, Cormac Cullinan says this appears to be a case of Sanral trying to mislead the courts.

"This kind of behavior undermines our justice system in South Africa."

The new highway's impact on the environment and questions over whether Cullinan does in fact represent Wild Coast communities also form part of the legal clash.

Sanral's Vusi Mona says Alli is personally aware of the allegations.

"It is something that disturbs us as an organisation, but our lawyers are looking into the whole matter to establish what actually transpired."

At the same time, the Supreme Court of Appeal is today expected to hear arguments over how much information should be made public in Sanral's planned Winelands route in the Western Cape.