With the launch date of the eTolling of Gauteng’s freeways looming large, Justice Project South Africa is somewhat bewildered that conflicting and unclear communications with respect to the intended prosecution of eToll detractors are still emanating from the Department of Transport and the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL).
As a result of the lack of clarity being provided by the Department of Transport and SANRAL, coupled with the National Prosecuting Authority’s deafening silence with respect how and when transgressors will be proseuted, JPSA has been inundated with queries from members of the public, as well as from the media to provide such clarity.
Unfortunately, we have been unable to provide much more than an educated guess on this matter, since the intended prosecution of eToll transgressions does not appear to be following the same procedures as the prosecution of other road traffic and toll transgressions – and a new dynamic has been added to the equation – that of the involvement of an undefined “debt collection process” prior to instituting prosecution.
Due to the unfortunate dissemination of confusing information, we have been left with little choice but to instruct our attorneys to write to the relevant authorities to seek clarity on the matter and, should clarity not be forthcoming speedily, to approach the High Court for such clarity.
To this end, the attached letter was sent to the addressees cited in it on Wednesday 27 November. The contents of the letter are self-explanatory and we await a reply.
Justice Project South Africa (NPC)