Threats against SANRAL shows the seriousness of civil resistance to e-tolls

2014-01-27
Adv Anton Alberts

The threats made against SANRAL should set the red lights flickering for the ANC government about the seriousness of the civil resistance to the e-toll system, Adv. Anton Alberts, the Freedom Front Plus’ parliamentary spokesperson on Transport, says.

A bomb-threat led to the head office of the South African National Road Agency (SANRAL) in Midrand being evacuated on Sunday for the third time.

“Because it is clear that the public is despondent and battered by what they view as unreasonable action by the state, the FF Plus has formed a channel in the form of a national petition through which opponents to the system could in a legal manner express their dissatisfaction and get advice and in this manner oppose the system.

The Afrikaans website is at: www.tolhekpetisie.org.za and the English version is at: www.tollgatepetition.org.za.

The problems which people are experiencing are varied and numerous. Even motorists who had never driven on the e-toll roads are experiencing problems. The FF Plus is prepared to assist people to report their problems to the National Consumer Commission (NCC).

“The NCC has broad powers and can see to it that SANRAL adheres to the Consumer Protection Act, as many of the problems which are being experienced at present are a blatant breach of this Act, as well as the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act and the Value Added Tax Act.

“We invite the public to make use of these legal channels to show their opposition to the e-tolls. The NCC has the right to see to it that all problems are resolved. While a complaint with the NCC is pending, SANRAL is not allowed to take any legal steps or any other steps against a person. SANRAL does not have to be paid while a case is pending.

“In addition, the FF Plus is continuing with its court case against the government about the constitutionality of the E-toll Act to have it declared unconstitutional. If the FF Plus wins this case, all money already paid to SANRAL will be refundable,” Adv. Alberts says.

 

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