E-toll "unconstitutional" application dismissed by Western Cape High Court

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DA's argument does sound a bit thin. Surely there are more effective political and social options than trying to make it a constitutional matter. I can start to see why some opponents of the DA claim they run to the courts for everything.
 

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DA's argument does sound a bit thin. Surely there are more effective political and social options than trying to make it a constitutional matter. I can start to see why some opponents of the DA claim they run to the courts for everything.

This was probably just a political move ahead of the upcoming elections trying to target a specific group of voters. Free publicity and all....

I wonder if there are even valid reasons to stop the e-Toll system, because if there were it would have been used already.... I think some groups are using the e-Tolls just to make money and others for attention and political reasons. No one really cares about the road users.
 

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This was probably just a political move ahead of the upcoming elections trying to target a specific group of voters. Free publicity and all....

I wonder if there are even valid reasons to stop the e-Toll system, because if there were it would have been used already.... I think some groups are using the e-Tolls just to make money and others for attention and political reasons. No one really cares about the road users.

You realize that this has been dragging around for over a year right ? The court sets the dates not the DA ....
 

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This was probably just a political move ahead of the upcoming elections trying to target a specific group of voters. Free publicity and all....

I wonder if there are even valid reasons to stop the e-Toll system, because if there were it would have been used already.... I think some groups are using the e-Tolls just to make money and others for attention and political reasons. No one really cares about the road users.

You might be wrong in some of your assumptions, some non-political groups do care about the people. And there are genuine reasons to stop e-tolling like the already existing fuel levy, which i don't know how many times this has been pointed but some people choose to ignore the obvious which makes us think they are getting kickbacks with this whole system
 

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You might be wrong in some of your assumptions, some non-political groups do care about the people. And there are genuine reasons to stop e-tolling like the already existing fuel levy, which i don't know how many times this has been pointed but some people choose to ignore the obvious which makes us think they are getting kickbacks with this whole system

No E-tolls ... no kickbacks... that could be a problem for the top dogs at the trough.
 

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No. No reason, just no.

Did the learned judge perhaps supply a motivation for his judgement? If so, did he simply say, "We accept the arguments promoted by my learned colleague the government legal guy" ? It sounds like he just said, "Naah."

I'm rather suspicious of our judges that always defer judgement - are all of them entirely unable to formulate a cogent statement at the end of argument? Deferring judgement introduces an opportunity for political interference.
 
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Curious, food transport businesses are closing down... I'm sure this will translate to the whole country.
Seems are judges are allot more narrow minded than I thought
 

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DA's argument does sound a bit thin. Surely there are more effective political and social options than trying to make it a constitutional matter. I can start to see why some opponents of the DA claim they run to the courts for everything.

There was nothing thin about it.

The ANC intentionally skipped a massive part of provincial legislature and the provincial cabinet in saying that this is a national matter and had no specific effect on Gauteng. Anybody staying in Gauteng will be able to tell you what a farce that is. Traffic on all non e-toll routes has gone through the roof. Prices have already started to go through the roof.
 

TheGrimReaperUH

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Curious, food transport businesses are closing down... I'm sure this will translate to the whole country.
Seems are judges are allot more narrow minded than I thought

That or the ANC is threatening them behind the scenes which is more likely.....
 

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Sanral statement

The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) welcomes the verdict of the court in the matter involving the Democratic Alliance’s challenge of the constitutionality of the Transport Laws and Related Matters Amendment Bill (otherwise known e-toll Bill).

“The legality of the bill has now been tested before a court of law and a ruling made in favour of government and SANRAL. We urge those who have questioned the legality of this bill to respect the court’s judgement,” SANRAL’s spokesperson Vusi Mona said shortly after the judgment was delivered.

It must be pointed out that the process of e-tolling is increasingly running smoothly as the number of registered road users grows and the need for, and advantages of the system, are widely accepted. Where challenges still exist, SANRAL and its service provider Electronic Toll Company are resolving these.

SANRAL thanks the more than a million people and organisations who have already registered and looks forward to their continued support and urge other road users to avail themselves of the benefits by registering and getting tagged.
 

TheGrimReaperUH

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Just a question... if all of us just don't pay the bills pushed into our faces what are they going to do? Arrest all of us?

If the people don't listen to the "system" then the system will fail.
 

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To much political will (read ANC) behind the legislation for it to be stopped in court. Must agree that expect DA to lose appeal.
 
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