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Western Cape says 'Down with Tolls'

The Western Cape High Court judges are hearing an application by the City of Cape Town against plans by the SA National Roads Agency limited (SANRAL) to put in a tolling system on sections of the N1 and the N2 in the Western Cape.

EWN's Rahima Essop reports that lawyers for the city say various decision makers (including Minister of Transport and Minister of Environment) didn't have enough information in front of them when they signed off on the decision to toll. Additionally, that SANRAL's board did not approve declaration to toll when it was made in 2008 - the board only approved it in 2014 (on basis of outdated information).

The City says that the application is not about policy but about the lawfulness of the decisions that have been taken.

Rahima adds that the public will reportedly pay around R44.9 Billion and R48.9 Billion on these toll fees.

Alternatives that have been suggested by the city include; reducing the scope of the project, not tolling and phasing in the project, as well as using the fuel levy to pay for the upgrades and maintenance.

Listen to Rahima's full report below:

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