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Sanral dismisses Outa’s 321% over-expenditure claim

CEO Nazir Alli says the organisation can’t always run to the courts when there is a disagreement.

Sanral has challenged Outa's research report which found the Gauteng freeway project was 321 percent overpriced. Picture: Sanral.

JOHANNESBURG - South African Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has challenged Organisation Uniting Against Tax Abuse's(Outa) research report, which found the Gauteng freeway project was 321 percent overpriced, dismissing the information as incorrect.

The roads agency says Outa used unsubstantiated allegations to tarnish its reputation.

Sanral CEO Nazir Alli says the organisation can't always run to the courts when there is a disagreement.

"Their own expert calculation shows that it's only 152 percent. Why do they go ahead with that 'headlining-grabbing' 321 percent?"

Alli appealed to media to be "responsible" in their reporting.

"Let me make an appeal to you guys. You have a great responsibility in terms of informing the public. [They] rely on you in terms of what you write and what you present."

Sanral has also come out against Outa's claims that it is corrupt and incompetent, saying the organisation is only trying to mislead the public.

Alli has questioned whether outa had ulterior motives, to deliberately tarnish the road agency's reputation - or whether it was an honest mistake.

"Why is there such an insistence from this organisation to try and question and denigrate the integrity of Sanral?"

He says outa has had sufficient time to respond to questions as to why they used incorrect calculations.

"Did we overpay or didn't we overpay? That is the questioning that we are asking. We went to a public tender process, those were the prices that we got from the industry."

Sanral says Outa's figures are reckless.