The Forbidden Etoll
It is like a nightmare that will not recede. The people of South Africa, from all across the different provinces and corners of the country are lamenting at the thought of a new tax disguised as what I call the forbidden etoll. A road tax for a road that the South African people have already paid for from the sweat and blood of hard and honest workers.
The public officials that the people put into parliament, that the people put into honourable positions of state. They have decided to mark a war against the people, they want the people’s money for something that seems so fishy it smells like corruption.
Only a few days ago, the Supreme Court of the land ruled that the people’s case against the e-Tolling dabacle must not be heard. The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA), a people’s representative has been dealt a big blow in the matter, and though the government officials that have much to gain from this venture might be celebrating victoriously for now, let it be known that they have chosen to ignore or down right go against the voice of a multitude.
The people of South Africa never for one second thought to themselves that such an assault would come from the very people they put into the offices of public control and power to go against their collective will. Tahir squar comes to mind. Syria comes to mind. The fact that rulers of our Republic choose to do as they please, merely because they have the power to do so by executive order (in a manner easily likened to Dictatorship), makes me wonder who these public officials truly serve.
In 2007, when the government decided to embark on their e-tolling system, I personally heard nothing at all about it. In 2011 the cabinet decided on a R5.75 Billion from the fiscus/Public Treasury and sets a date to start collecting money from us the people from the 30th of April in 2012. During that April of 2012, the people formed OUTA under the brave and commendable leadership of Mr Wayne Duvenage and filed a successful interdict to have a full judicial review of the whole e-tolling system before it could be implemented. SANRAL and the Treasury, being the enemy of the state and the people decide to appeal this Pretoria High Court ruling.
They subsequently win at the Constitutional court losing even the interim review ordered by the Pretoria High Court. OUTA was allowed by the Constitutional Court to take the matter to the Supreme Court of Appeal on the 25th of January in 2013, where this court has recently disappointed the people by effectually saying that the people will not have a right to look into the merits of their case because their application for judicial review was filed too late (and here I was thinking lady Justice never slept!).
On September 25, a man I have little respect for, Mr Gedleyihlekisa decides it prudent that he signs the bill that the people he serves say they do not want. Whether the following is relevant or not, I am yet to know for certain, but I know it as fact that two judges were allegedly approached by Judge President John Mandlakayise Hlophe of the Western Cape Division, in his approach he advocated for Gedleyihlekisa, asking Judges Jafta and Nkabinde to to find in Gedleyihlekisa’s favour in numerous cases as they had huge implications for the future of Zuma.
Finally I pause this question to you, my audience, if a Judge President can be so obviously (in my opinion), be influenced and found to be lobbying for a seemingly corrupt man (now regrettably President of this great nation), how then can anything coming from the corners of the Judiciary be found un-wanting where the state is concerned? We have known from the histories that powerful men of society have long since been in control of a number of judges hence the term “Judge in my pocket”, most notably in Mafioso circles.
This is not the end of this matter, the people must revolt. I and the people forbid e-tolling. I leave you with the words of American President, Thomas Jefferson “If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so”