Drive to help e-toll legal challenge
A FUND-RAISING initiative to help cover the costs of a legal challenge to the proposed Gauteng e-tolling is set to be launched
"We are busy finalising the details. but hopefully it will be launched before the end of the week," said Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) chairman Wayne Duvenage.
The cost of legal fees which led to the Johannesburg High Court granting an interdict to halt the implementation of the tolls ran into "a good few million".
The public had been "100% supportive" of the Outa movement and businesses also appeared to be "very keen to contribute", Duvenage said. Many people pledged to give the cost of e-tag registration to the cause.
"E-tolling is an irrational method of funding the maintenance of our roads."
Duvenage said there was a misconception that Outa was against paying for the upkeep of roads.
"We cannot accept that for every R2 [paid through e-tolling], R1 is for the roads and R1 is for the administration."
On Friday cabinet appointed a special committee to be chaired by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to co-ordinate all work around the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project.
The committee would, among other things, move rapidly to ensure SA National Roads Agency Limited's financial stability was not affected in any way.
It would also meet appropriate interested parties to find constructive solutions and consensus on the outstanding matters.