Outa officially re-launches under new banner

Outa used to operate solely to oppose e-tolling and has now expanded to address other issues.

Outa's Wayne Duvenhage. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has been officially launched under its new banner, which aims to address unjustified and unlawful taxation.

Outa, which used to operate solely to oppose e-tolling, has now expanded to address issues including carbon tax and more recently Eskom's application to hike electricity tariffs.

Today, the organisation also revealed a study showing that the Gauteng freeway project was overpriced by 321 percent.

LISTEN: Outa on why they are broadening their horizons.

Outa's Wayne Duvenage says their research, which was based on 11 case studies, shows how government was meant to cap its spending at R7 billion.

"We come out with the fact that we should not have paid. If you want to use international pricing, more than R6,5 billion … and we've paid R17,9 [billion]."

Duvenage says the while the ANC-led Gauteng provincial government has shown good faith in resolving the e-tolls issue, hard decisions needed to be made.

"The provincial governments are in a bit of a predicament because it's national running around their province so they didn't have enough say."

Last year, Gauteng Premier David Makhura set up an advisory panel to review the socio-economic impact of e-tolls.