The battle between SA’s roads agency Sanral and civil society organisation Outa over Gauteng’s controversial e-tolling system is becoming heated as the two parties resort to increasingly strong measures to resolve the matter. The cost of the 185km Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project escalated from R20bn in 2008 when it borrowed from the Public Investment Corporation, to about R48bn in 2017. It now stands at about R67bn. The agency has had to cut spending to make up for a R6bn hole resulting from the nonpayment of the tolls. Outa has led the resistance to e-tolling and offers legal support to anyone who refuses to pay the electronically charged tolls, while Sanral is issuing summonses to defaulting motorists. Sanral spokesperson Vusi Mona said earlier that summonses to recover about R500m have been issued so far.

Outa wants e-tolling scrapped altogether and has instituted a test case in court following an agreement with Sanral to consolidate four of its big claims. Outa says th...

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