Cape Town mayor Patricia De Lille has expressed satisfaction with the defeat of the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) at the Supreme Court of Appeal.
De Lille disclosed that with the judgment; Sanral has no choice but to accept that it followed an improper and unlawful e-toll process.
In addition, she said Western Cape road users would have coughed up R62bn in toll fees over a period of 30 years if Sanral’s decision had not been challenged.
The City of Cape Town, in 2012, launched a review application to set aside approvals that enable the Sanral to toll sections of the N1 and N2 freeways in Cape Town.
And on September 30, 2015, the Western Cape High Court flung away approvals that would enable Sanral to go ahead with tolling highways in the Winelands district and dismissed the appeal with costs.
Thereafter, Sanral marched down to the Supreme Court of Appeal after it expressed dissatisfaction with Western Cape High Court’s judgment over the right to toll the N1 and the N2 highways.
Unfortunately, the Supreme Court of Appeal today dismissed their appeal and upheld the Western Cape High Court’s judgment. Thereby, reversing its decision to toll the Winelands route’s N1 and N2 highways.
“The application for leave to appeal against the refusal to admit further affidavits is dismissed with cost, including the costs of two counsel,” the SCA said on Thursday.
Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille Extends Invitation To Sanral
Speaking further on Thursday, Cape Town mayor Patricia De Lille said the mess that Sanral caused in Johannesburg will not be tolerated in Cape Town.
She, however, invited Sanral to meet her for the discussion of the most affordable option for road maintenance and upgrades in the City of Cape Town.