HANGING OVE US: The Supreme Court of Appeal may rule the e-tolls illegal. PICTURE :THAPELO MOREBUDI
COSATU will today protest against e-tolls at the provincial legislature, spokesperson Patrick Craven said on Sunday.
This comes after Transport Minister Ben Martins announced that Parliament would debate the e-tolls bill on March 5, with the unpopular legislation set for implementation 14 days after new tariffs are gazetted.
Craven said: “We remain totally opposed to e-tolls. We will demonstrate outside the Gauteng legislature tomorrow.
“We want to ensure that there is proper debate in Parliament. We are of the view that members of the public should be included.”
He said motorists and Cosatu would make Gauteng roads ungovernable should government implement e-tolls haphazardly.
The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) also warned that the implementation of e-tolls would result in motorists getting refunds if the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that the tolling of Gauteng’s public roads was illegal.
Outa chairperson Wayne Duvenage yesterday said: “If the SCA rules that e-tolling is illegal then they have a problem. I do not know how they are going to refund those people.”
He questioned the South African National Road Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) preparedness to collect e-tolls. “It is now some two years since Sanral’s initial planned launch date of April 2011. Could it be that they have never been ready, that the system is extremely cumbersome and almost unworkable, something that Outa has always said about this ambitious and inefficient method to raise revenue from society to pay for road upgrades?”