e-Tolls Media Release

OUTA’s application for appeal in court on Friday 25 Jan

OUTA have been informed that their application seeking leave to appeal the eToll judgement passed down by Acting Judge Louis Vorster in December 2012, will be heard in the North Gauteng High Court on Friday 25th January 2013.

OUTA’s decision to apply for leave to appeal was taken after serious consideration of the judgement, wherein we believe the judgment was seriously flawed and in particular, the costs order against OUTA was unnecessarily onerous.

OUTA remains committed to this case, which largely seeks to protect citizen’s constitutional rights, along with challenging the onerous, expensive, inefficient and cumbersome matters related to the decision to toll Gauteng’s freeways.   OUTA again calls for the e-Toll recommendations made by the Inter Ministerial Committee (IMC) to cabinet, to me made public.

OUTA is actively pursuing the raising of funds to successfully conclude this matter.  Without the necessary funds, our position is weaker and we urge the public and business to continue supporting us now more than ever.  We are heartened by the fact that society has helped us raise R8 million to date, however, we are still R2,5 million short to cover current costs and still require an estimated R1,5 million for the appeal process.  In this regard, we urge the public to go to the OUTA web site (www.outa.co.za) to make their contribution easily and securely.

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