SANRAL SLAMMED FOR TOLLING TENDER

Neil Campbell MPL

DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Roads and Transport

A judgment handed down by the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Friday yet again calls into question the tender procedures for Gauteng e-tolling project.

The tender procedures followed by the South African National Roads Agency Ltd. (Sanral) were slammed in a damning judgment by Judge Vahed in which he set aside the contract awarded by Sanral for the operation and maintenance of the N2 South Coast Toll road.

Judge Vahed criticised the lack of transparency that marked the tendering process and its inconsistency with s217 of the Constitution and the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act which guides procurement for state entities.

The DA in Gauteng has consistently raised concerns about the transparency and accountability of the tendering procedures for the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) and the accompanying e-tolling. Friday’s judgment further illustrates the need for a full judicial review of the project.

The DA will continue to pursue all avenues to ensure that accountability and transparency prevails and that the public receives a full explanation for the controversial e-tolling project.

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