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Democratic Alliance applauds toll court decision

28 April 2012

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is delighted with today's ruling by Judge Prinsloo that an interdict against SANRAL implementing the hugely unpopular Gauteng tolls, should be granted.
The ruling proves, that with a free judiciary, the arrogant rantings  of the Minister of Transport, Sibusiso Ndebele, and the CEO of SANRAL, Nazir Alli, are nothing more than idle threats.
Although only a prima face case has been proved and much work still lies ahead for the OUTA team, this ruling at least opens the door for stopping this inexplicably costly toll collection system. The public cannot be expected to pay for SANRAL’s poor choices with regard to the Open Road Tolling (ORT) system selected, and the DA is optimistic that given all the facts, the review court will find that the most cost effective method of paying for the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) and other urban tolling projects, is via a dedicated fuel levy as the DA has contended all along.
We trust that during the review process all the financial facts (so long hidden by SANRAL) will come to light and we will learn who stood to make money out of this project. Many thinking people find it totally illogical that the most expensive system in the world should be chosen for tolling the GFIP and wonder who stands to make a fortune out of the exercise, which could come to be called 'TOLLGATE".
We wish OUTA strength in the review process. Let the people be heard!

Neil Campbell, DA Gauteng Transport Spokesperson