DA to challenge e-tolls in court

The fight against e-tolling in Gauteng is not over, the DA said on Thursday.

"Without fail, we chose the most cumbersome, the most expensive … system that only benefits a few, rather than considering the majority of this province," said Democratic Alliance spokesperson Mmusi Maimane.

"We feel there was a fundamental flaw in the process to begin with."

The DA will bring a high court application to fight the constitutionality of the e-toll Bill signed by President Jacob Zuma in September.

The DA believed the Bill was incorrectly passed by Parliament and signed into law by Zuma.

It contended that the Constitution made a distinction between Bills that had an impact on national government and those which affected provincial government.

Maimane said the Bill was incorrectly tagged as a national competency that should be dealt with by the national government.

For or against
The Gauteng legislature should have been given an opportunity to vote for or against the Bill, he said.

"We believe that the incorrect tagging of the e-toll Bill effectively prevented the provincial legislature from deliberating on the e-toll Bill on behalf of the affected people," he said.

"The e-tolls Bill allows the South African National Roads Agency Ltd [Sanral] to toll roads in Gauteng and every other province."

The DA filed its application in the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday.

It asked the court to hear the matter urgently.

On September 25, Zuma signed into law the Transport Laws and Related Matters Amendment Bill, giving the go-ahead for e-tolling in Gauteng.

Dismissed
A legal challenge to e-tolling by the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) was dismissed by the Supreme Court of Appeal on October 9.

Outa announced on October 18 that it did not have enough money to continue the legal fight against e-tolling.

Outa's argument was that Sanral and government did not conduct a proper public participation process.

Maimane said the DA application differed from the Outa application because it was about the tagging of the Bill. – Sapa

Advertisting

De Klerk now admits apartheid was a crime against humanity

Apartheid’s last president walks back comments that definition was a Soviet plot

February 11 1990: Mandela’s media conquest

Nelson Mandela’s release from prison was also South Africa’s first ‘media event’. And, despite the NP’s, and the SABC’s, attempt to control the narrative, the force of Madiba’s personality meant that he emerged as a celebrity

Eastern Cape MEC orders graft investigation after two workers killed...

The killing of two council workers at the Amathole district municipality appears to be linked to tender fraud and corruption

Strike-off case pulls in judge

Judge Mushtak Parker is implicated in an application to strike off his former partners. He is also involved in the fight between the Western Cape high court’s judge president and his deputy
Advertising

Press Releases

Response to the report of the independent assessors

VUT welcomes the publishing of the report of the independent assessors to investigate concerns of poor governance, leadership, management, corruption and fraud at the university.

NWU student receives international award

Carol-Mari Schulz received the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene Top Achiever Award.

Academic programme resumes at all campuses

Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume today as per specific academic timetables.

Strategic social investments are a catalyst for social progress

Barloworld Mbewu enables beneficiaries to move away from dependence on grant funding

We all have a part to play to make South Africa work

Powering societal progress demands partnerships between all stakeholders

So you want to be a social entrepreneur?

Do the research first; it will save money and time later

Social entrepreneurship means business

Enterprises with a cause at their core might be exactly what our economy desperately needs

Looking inwards

Businesses are finding tangible ways to give back – but only because consumers demand it