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Outa speaks through Wheels24

2013-05-23 12:32

WAYNE DUVENAGE

SPEAKING OUT AGAINST E-TOLLING: The Catholilc Bishops' Conference in Johannesburg has come out against the morality of e-tolling. Image: Wheels24

Earlier in May 2013 we reported that the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference's justice and peace department supported the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance's (Outa) appeal against e-tolling, to be heard by the Supreme Court of Appeal in September.

"We... call for the immediate suspension of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project e-tolling project and a full-access review of it in an appropriate forum. We appeal for a re-think regarding alternative methods of funding it."

'COULD'VE SAT BACK'

Outa chairperson WAYNE DUVENAGE shares his thoughts:

“One of government's roles (and main function) is to ensure maximum prosperity for all its citizens and in so doing should not place on society unnecessary, unjust or irrational burdens and costs.

"The Catholic Church has obviously assessed this highly emotive issue and realised the decision taken by the SA government to introduce e-tolling is not in the best interest of society and its citizens. The Church could have sat back and said nothing. It could also have sat back during the dark days of apartheid, but didn't.

Outa’s court battle will head to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein, where a panel of judges will assess its grounds to have Sanral’s plan of tolling Gauteng’s freeways declared illegal.

Outa claims that the public consultation process was flawed and not conducted in line with the constitution and the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act.


Duvenage continues: "The government doesn't always get things right and when the moral fabric of its decisions is questionable the Church and other entities need to be counted, to stand up and express their opinions.

"In this case, the Church was right to do so.”    

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