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Judgement reserved in N1/N2 tolling case

The city is challenging the validity & lawfulness of decisions that led to the Winelands Tolling project.

FILE:DA members march against the controversial N1 N2 Toll Highway Project. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN -Judgement has been reserved in the City of Cape Town's legal battle to stop tolling along portions of the N1 and N2 highways.

The City is challenging the validity and the lawfulness of a series of decisions that led to the Winelands Tolling Project getting the green light.

In 2013, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) was interdicted from going ahead with the controversial project, pending the outcome of a review application.

Last week Sanral argued the City of Cape Town's almost four-year delay in bringing the application was unreasonable and far exceeded the 180 day limit set out in the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act.

But Counsel for the City, Advocate Geoff Budlender, wrapped up his argument today by saying it's in the interest of justice that the court condones the delay.

Budlender argued the case is about a series of unlawful decisions, and if those decisions are allowed to stand, the public would end up paying tolls for the next 30 years.