GOVT APPEAL OF E-TOLL ORDER IS FOOLISH AND DOOMED TO FAIL

Statement by Jack Bloom MPL

DA Gauteng Caucus Leader

The Cabinet’s decision to appeal the Pretoria High Court’s interim order halting the e-tolls is foolish and doomed to fail.

Judge Bill Prinsloo gave very sound reasons for this interim order, so it is unlikely to be overturned.

Government’s appeal will just drag out the court proceedings, creating further uncertainty in the credit markets.

I am puzzled by government’s hard line on this as SANRAL itself indicated earlier this week that it would not appeal the interim interdict and the court proceedings on the merits on the case could therefore proceed.

It would be far better if government cancelled the e-toll collection contract rather than continue with a long drawn out court battle.

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