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Sanral: City of CT caught napping on Winelands toll project

The roads agency says the city waited too long to bring its review application to court.

FILE: The City of Cape Town's legal team in the Western Cape High Court on 11 August 2015. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) has argued that the City of Cape Town failed to provide a full explanation for its nearly four-year delay in bringing an application to stop the N1/N2 Winelands Toll project.

The city is challenging a series of decisions that led to the highways being declared toll roads in 2008.

It's fighting to have the project scrapped, claiming the socio-economic impact of tolling was never considered.

One of the hurdles that the city will have to overcome, as it fights to have the Winelands toll project scrapped, is the argument that it waited too long to bring its review application to court.

The city launched its legal challenge just short of three years and six months after the N1 and N2 were declared toll roads in September 2008.

Sanral says the municipality's delay in launching a review application is unreasonable and well in excess of the 180-day period prescribed in the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act.

The roads agency's lawyer Bruce Leech argued that the city was asleep and acquiescent for a number of years.

He said the city was trying to undo 17 years of Sanral's long-term planning by forcing the roads agency to go back to the drawing board.

The municipality admitted that it could have launched the application sooner, but was asking the court to condone the delay.

The question before the court is whether the horse has bolted.

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