The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) said it stands by its statement that their lawyers agreed with those from SANRAL that OUTA members will not be prosecuted for non-payment of e-tolls for the time being.
This comes after SANRAL spokesperson Vusi Moni told the SABC that OUTA was misleading the public.
“No, it’s actually a lie and it’s misleading the public. The SANRAL team indicated that they agreed in principle with a test case,” Mona said.
“But, an agreement could only be reached once the actual plea, meaning the legal matters that will be argued in court, is presented to SANRAL. Now, that actual plea has not been presented, there is no agreement and if anyone thinks that there is an agreement, let them pull it out of their shelves and show it to the public.”
According to OUTA, their lawyers agreed with SANRAL’s to let a court case to test the legality of e-toll summonses play out before proceeding with prosecutions against existing and future OUTA members.
“There is no confusion here and if Vusi Mona denies this, he needs to get the facts from Werksmans who are representing them on this matter,” said OUTA chairman Wayne Duvenage.
“The fact is that SANRAL’s legal team has agreed with OUTA’s lawyers to a test case process. SANRAL do not know who OUTA’s members are, so the process agreed to is that as and when an OUTA member is summonsed by SANRAL, the OUTA member will notify us of their summons receipt and our lawyers in turn will notify SANRAL’s lawyers,” said Duvenage.
“We receive queries and questions on a daily basis from the public and the media on the e-toll matter. Thus we felt it necessary to reveal this recent development to the media on this very important public interest matter.”