The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on Tuesday described attempts to stop e-tolling, four or more years after the project was first announced, as “heroic but pointless”.
The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria is hearing a judicial review of the muti-billion rand project.
Sanral spent Tuesday morning rejecting allegations that millions of people were kept in the dark about e-tolling and that they were robbed of an opportunity to object meaningfully.
The agency’s Advocate David Unterhalter slammed links between e-tolling and the 2010 Soccer World Cup as highly “irresponsible and flat wrong”.
Unterhalter said suggestions that Sanral deceived millions of Gauteng motorists were little more than a conspiracy theory.
He argued there was consultation with civil society from the very start.
The advocate took the court through some of the articles that appeared in newspapers at the time.
Sanral also accused the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance of dramatically changing its case after the Constitutional Court criticised its original argument.