Sanral loses appeal over Winelands toll project

The City of Cape Town’s Brett Herron says they are pleased with today’s ruling.

FILE: DA supporters protest against Sanral's tolling project in the Cape Winelands. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - South African National Road Agency Limited (Sanral) has lost an appeal over the right to toll parts of the N2 and N1 in the Western Cape.

The Western Cape High Court had reviewed and set aside plans that would have enabled Sanral to go ahead with tolling sections of the N1 and N2 in the Winelands region.

The company had appealed a High Court ruling handed down in August. The City of Cape Town is fighting attempts to toll the Winelands route.

The City of Cape Town's Brett Herron says they are pleased with today's ruling.

"This is good news for the City of Cape Town, for our economy, for our residents because it prevents Sanral from imposing on us an illegal toll road system that would have devastated our economy."

The municipality has argued that tolling would affect the poor the most.

Sanral has yet to respond to today's ruling.

Meanwhile, deputy Cape Town mayor, Ian Nelson, has welcomed the ruling.

"The city is very happy to hear about the outcome of the court case against Sanral and I think that this victory shows that we were quite justified in taking this action against Sanral in terms of protecting the economy of our city."