Justice Project South Africa comments on e-Toll Announcement

JOHANNESBURG – Justice Project South Africa has noted the announcements and claims made by the Minister of Transport and SANRAL today and we are shocked by the spin that is being put on the supposed lowered tariffs.

Government gazette 35263 of 13 April 2012 contained the identical tariffs contained in government gazette 35263 of 25 October 2012 (not today).  The comparisons between the 2011 announced tariff of 66c/km now being referred to as being 30c/km discounted rates are misleading since it is in fact 58c/km for class B vehicles (motor cars etc.) and this has not changed at all since Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced this in his budget speech in February 2012.  Similarly, the “capped amount” has not changed since then either.

Today it was announced by Minister Martins that “today marks the beginning of a 30 day consultation period”, which is not strictly true given that the 30 day period started yesterday (25 October) and the gazette gives 30 days from publication date for written comments to be submitted, thus leaving 29 days from today for this to happen.

The Judicial Review of eTolling is still laid down for 26 November 2012, and as much as Wayne Duvenage from OUTA has said that “no-one can predict its outcome”, it would appear that Cabinet knows something that we don’t with respect to what the outcome will be, before it even comes before the court.  This despite the public having been specifically excluded from having sight of the contract/s between SANRAL and ETC, and even OUTA has not received full disclosure of the contract provided to them, on the premise that the contract contains “Intellectual Property”.

In addition we would like to know how the “public consultation process” referred to today now miraculously differs in any way from the previous “consultations” that took place since it is clear that those processes were mere window dressing for a pre-determined outcome and there is nothing to suggest that the latest round will be any different.

This having been said, it is our sincere hope that members of the public will take the time to comment on the two government gazette notices issued for comment yesterday.

Best Regards,

Howard Dembovsky

National Chairman – Justice Project South Africa (NPC)

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2 thoughts on “Justice Project South Africa comments on e-Toll Announcement

  • October 27, 2012 at 2:26 pm
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    Wher can we as Public give our oppinion and also say what we feel and think about the e-tol, everyone say open for Public oppinion but no 1say were en when I can sent my oppinion ?

  • November 5, 2012 at 4:37 pm
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    SANRAL claim for this to be a per km system. If you travel from the N1, Buccleuch interchange to Allandale you dont pay. If you travel further to new road you dont pay but if you go to Olifantsfontein you pay, how does this make it a true per km system. Why do some people pay for using some parts of the road and other travel a few (less than 5kms) dont pay at all. Come on Sanral you are fooling no one here but yourself, this is not a true per km system and you are ripping some of us off. According to google maps the distance between N1, Buccleuch and Olifantsfontein is 7.7kms if you take that 30cents a km it should cost me R2.31. I tried the sanral calculator and it gave me back R3.36 including my discount. So if I got onto the highway from New Road or Allandale I would pay the same as someone coming via the N1, Buccleuch interchange, so much for per km billing. Wake up SANRAL we all not sleeping. I find it strange that this is brought up in the cases against SANRAL. Also is it not unconstitutional for certain vehicles to pay and other not to pay. Lets look at the taxis, they carry more people in the vehicle then I do, they do more damage to the road surface then I do, they make more trips in a single day on the road then I do but guess what they dont pay and I have to pay. You are not making sense with this

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