The FF Plus is not surprised that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has appointed two prosecutors to cooperate with SANRAL to investigate the possible criminal prosecution of non-payers of e-tolls and views it as part of a blackmail campaign by SANRAL, Adv. Anton Alberts, the FF Plus’ parliamentary spokesperson on Transport says.
Adv. Alberts says what is however instructive is that legal experts of the Prosecuting Authority were first asked to investigate the feasibility of any possible prosecution and whether non-payers are indeed committing an offense in terms of the SANRAL Act.
“The FF Plus however still views it as part of SANRAL’s campaign of its reign of terror over road users rather than trying to gain the favour of people.
“It shows that SANRAL itself is not sure whether non-payment constitutes an offense. The FF Plus is also of the opinion that any such prosecution would be unconstitutional on the grounds that the E-Toll Act was irregularly passed through Parliament.
“The result of it is that any prosecution that is instituted will first be suspended pending a decision of the court as to the constitutionality of the Act.
“The FF Plus and the Toll Gate Action Group still intends to have the constitutionality of the E-Toll Act tested in court and the FF Plus cautions road users not to allow them to be intimidated by this latest trick of SANRAL,” Adv. Alberts says.
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