E-toll halted by Pretoria high court

The SA National Roads has been interdicted and restrained from levying and collecting tolls, the High Court in Pretoria ruled on Saturday.

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance’s (Outa) had a prima facie right to argue for a review of the e-toll project in Gauteng, the judge said.

“I am persuaded that [the] applicants have a prima facie right,” said Judge Bill Prinsloo in the High Court in Pretoria.

He was handing down judgment in an urgent application by Outa to stop the e-toll project, pending the outcome of a court review.

Prinsloo summarised the review grounds that were brought before the court this week.

“After careful consideration of arguments and counter-arguments the applicants have managed to cross this hurdle,” said Prinsloo.

High court stops E-tolls

The e-toll project in Gauteng must be put on hold with immediate effect, Judge Bill Prinsloo ruled in the High Court in Pretoria on Saturday.

“I make the following order… the first respondent [SA National Roads Agency] is interdicted and restrained from levying and collecting tolls,” said Prinsloo.

Everyone in the public gallery stood up and clapped hands after he delivered his judgment.

Prinsloo granted an urgent interdict, brought by the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa), to stop the launch of the system, so that a full court review could be carried out to decide if it should be scrapped or not.

Prinsloo said that while he realised Sanral would suffer huge financial losses, members of the public would also suffer hardship of the controversial project went ahead.

Held captive

Judge Bill Prinsloo said he was aware that the SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) would suffer financially if the Gauteng e-toll project was halted.

“I am alive to the fact that Sanral may suffer financial losses. This could result in its business rating being downgraded,” Prinsloo said in the High Court in Pretoria.

But tens of thousands of people will also suffer financial harships if interim relief was not granted, added Prinsloo.

“People are held captive by the toll roads,” said Judge Bill Prinsloo in the High Court in Pretoria.

He was reading out affidavits by five South African citizens that described their hardships and how the e-toll project would affect them.

Prinsloo said there had to thousands, if not tens of thousands, of people who must use the toll roads who would also be negatively affected.

“In my view the nationwide objections and protesting lend to this,” Prinsloo said.

Prinsloo said the main road — which would be tolled — was a “massively populated” road on a daily basis because there were no metropolitan or secondary roads available.

OUTA Support would increase

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance’s (Outa) number of supporters was expected to increase following its court application to halt the e-toll project in Gauteng, Prinsloo said.

“It’s expected that after this application, its [Outa’s] numbers will increase,” said Prinsloo.

If he granted the application, it would mean that a full court review would be carried out to decide if it should be scrapped or not.

Outa had submitted affidavits by five South African citizens that described their hardships and how the e-toll project would affect them.

Prinsloo read out these affidavits while delivering his judgment, which started at 11am on Saturday.

Interdicted

“I make the following order… the first respondent [SA National Roads Agency] is interdicted and restrained from levying and collecting tolls,” said Prinsloo.

Everyone in the public gallery stood up and clapped hands after he delivered his judgment.

Prinsloo granted an urgent interdict, brought by the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa), to stop the launch of the system, so that a full court review could be carried out to decide if it should be scrapped or not.

Prinsloo said that while he realised Sanral would suffer huge financial losses, members of the public would also suffer hardship of the controversial project went ahead.

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