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eNatis debacle heads to Supreme Court

The legal battle for control of the eNatis system will now be heard in the Supreme Court of Appeal.

FILE: The legal battle for control of the eNatis system will now be heard in the Supreme Court of Appeal. Picture: Supplied.

PRETORIA - The legal battle for control of the National Traffic Information System (eNatis) is still not over and will now be heard in the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.

Operating company Tasima was granted leave to appeal in the High Court in Pretoria on Monday, just days after the same court granted the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) rights to take over management of the system.

The legal battle started this year when the RTMC and the Transport Department applied to the court to have the R2.5 billion management contract declared invalid.

Judge Wendy Hughes found that questions of the legality and constitutionality of the eNatis management contract requires the supreme court of appeal to make a much-needed determination once and for all.

Tasima argued that the court incorrectly found that the system should be transferred to the RTMC within a 30-day period, where in fact the migration should take place over five years.

The company referred to the intricacy of the system which requires significant time to migrate.

The matter has been the subject of application and counter applications since the start of the year.

Tasima has managed the system since 2002.