FF Plus seeks urgent interdict against E-Toll Act

The Freedom Front Plus, along with the Transvaal Agricultural Union of South Africa (TAU SA) and the National Ratepayers Union (NRU) will be asking the High Court to consider an application for an interdict against the implementation of the E-Toll Act before 3 December, said Anton Alberts, parliamentary spokesperson on transport for the FF Plus.

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According to Alberts, in a FF Plus media statement, the application is being brought on the basis of the unconstitutionality of the act. The application was handed to the court last week, but minister of transport Dipuo Peters announced on 20 November that the system will be implemented as from 3 December, despite a growing public resistance against the system.

Peters said motorists without e-tags will pay double and will not be considered for any special discount. Referring to this, Alberts said the minister was misleading the public with her threat.

There is no legal obligation to obtain an e-tag and motorists who do not purchase e-tags may not legally be fined as they are not contravening any law.

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“We have also now established that there are serious doubts about the socio-economic and traffic impact studies done in the run-up to the writing of the E-Toll Act,” said Alberts.

“The minister is refusing to answer a question, which the FF Plus had asked in Parliament about her decision to postpone the implementation of sections 3(b) and (c) of the E-Tolls Act, which deal with the impact studies that have to be undertaken.
The minister also declined to state when these sections of the act would be implemented.

“These issues are crucial to the legality of the E-Toll Act and the public has a right to be informed about this.”