Sanral CEO Skhumbuzo Macozoma has threatened to lay criminal charges against members of the public who have not paid their e-tolls.
Sanral also plans to obtain default judgments against those who ignored summonses for outstanding e-tolls.
The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) has slated the plans, as Sanral has agreed to a test case on the e-toll matter.
“Sanral is now attempting to circumvent this agreement by pushing for civil and criminal charges,” said OUTA.
If the test case goes the way OUTA expects it to, then Sanral will have no case against anyone – either criminally or with respect to defaults – it said.
“Sanral appears to be trying to take advantage of members of the public who have not been close to these developments.”
OUTA will seek an urgent meeting with the head of the NPA to discuss the attempt to “use the courts to bully the public”.
OUTA urged the public to recognise these tactics as the “desperate actions of an organisation whose illegitimate collection scheme is failing”.
“Sanral should be focussing on preparing for the test case to ensure it proceeds on an urgent basis, rather than taking advantage of members of the public who are not OUTA members,” said OUTA.