A recent petition by the SA Catholic Church Bishops Justice and Peace (J&P) Department, calling on president Jacob Zuma to suspend e-tolls and set up a full access review of the project, is gaining traction as it nears 1 000 signatures.
The petition, launched online last month via “clicktivism” site Avaaz.org, was yesterday elevated by SA’s main anti-e-toll group, the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa), which is set to appeal a ruling in favour of e-tolls next month.
The J&P petition calls on Zuma to: “1. Immediately suspend the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) e-tolling project; 2. Set up a full-access review of this project by an appropriate forum (the public protector, the auditor-general or a judicial enquiry); and 3. Implement an alternative method of funding the highways – for example by increasing the fuel levy.”
The petition follows the SA Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC) in May, at which representatives presented the Catholic Church’s views on e-tolling on the grounds of the moral issues underpinning the legal and technological detail behind the project.