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Outa stands by Gauteng freeway improvement project report

Sanral launched an attack on the report which found the project had been overpriced by 321 percent.

The double decker bridge on the M1 freeway. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Organisation Uniting against Tax Abuse (Outa) says it stands by its report on the Gauteng freeway improvement project, and has thanked South African National Road Agency Limited (Sanral) for challenging its numbers, saying it leads to even more damning findings.

Earlier this week, Sanral launched an attack on the report which found the project had been overpriced by 321 percent.

The roads agency then accused Outa of getting its numbers wrong.

Outa's Wayne Duvenage says the figure stating the project is 321 percent over priced is not an error, but is based on international case studies.

"The average of those 11 case studies is 321 percent."

He says even if they use Sanral's figure of 152 percent, it shows the Gauteng freeway improvement project is grossly overpriced, by at least R10 billion.

"We note that Sanral didn't discredit Outa's numbers which reference the Gauteng freeway improvement project as being 125 percent, or R10.8 billion overpriced."

Duvenage says Sanral's challenge prompted an additional investigation with more damning findings that will be revealed in the coming weeks.