Conditions of membership

OUTA Conditions of Membership

  1. In becoming a contributing member of OUTA, I do so to show solidarity with OUTA’s mission to act on my behalf as a vehicle for collective civil action in the areas of that OUTA conducts its work, which in general seeks to challenge the abuse of authority by tackling cases of state maladministration and corruption, largely within state owned entities and the public service.I acknowledge that OUTA will from time to time, launch legal protection and defence programs aimed at defending its members on specific matters it has chosen to challenge and that as a contributing member, I will be provided with the protection indicated in each program.
  2. I am aware that OUTA is a non-profit organisation and that at any time, I can cancel my monthly debit order or other method of donating to OUTA.
  3. OUTA’s E-Toll Defence Umbrella Program.
    1. Although OUTA intends on defending each and every one of their members in the event of e-Toll prosecution, I understand that should I not inform OUTA of a summons being issued to myself, my OUTA membership contribution can not guarantee representation as it is not an insurance policy, but a voluntary contribution towards a civil society movement that aims to protect individual and collective rights. OUTA is not a registered short term insurer and cannot provide the benefits associated with short-term insurance.
    2. I understand that to fall under OUTA’s E-Toll defence umbrella, I need to be an OUTA member at the time a criminal or civil summons is issued against me in a court of law.
    3. OUTA E-Toll Umbrella Defence is limited to its contributing members, in the event of a case being brought for non-payment of Gauteng Freeway e-tolls, or other charges directly linked to e-toll non-payment, such as the withholding of vehicle licenses.
    4. This defence does not extend to unlawful actions such as number plate cloning or traffic fines, or withholding of vehicle licenses because of non-payment of traffic fines and other related license fee penalties.
    5. I understand that the OUTA Defence Umbrella  is not an insurance policy, but a mandate from its membership to defend against unlawful government conduct. OUTA’s defence mandate stipulates that ALL active members of the OUTA member community should be defended within the full means and capabilities of the organisation, if they are ever individually or collectively targeted for prosecution or prejudiced because of e-tolls, within the financial means of the organisation.
    6. OUTA is not a law firm or a body of lawyers, but a non-profit organization which, amongst others activities, facilitates the legal defense of its members by practicing lawyers.
    7. OUTA cannot and does not guarantee the outcome of any legal matter.
    8. OUTA will not be held liable for any damages suffered as a result of the grossly negligent or wilful behaviour of any instructed lawyer.
    9. No assistance will be provided and OUTA’s legal defence support will be retracted in the event that information is received indicating that an OUTA member was involved in any fraudulent activity regarding his/her/its e-toll account.
    10. Legal representation will only be facilitated once all the documents required from the member have been received by OUTA’s appointed case manager.

last edit – 8 September 2016