South African National Road Agency’s (Sanral) latest ploy to recoup billions of rand owed in e-tolls is to blacklist Gauteng motorists who owe it millions.
A Gauteng motorist has been blacklisted for owing R60 000 in e-toll fees, according to a report by IOL.
The motorist was applying for credit when it was discovered they had been blacklisted, according to Rudie Heyneke, Organisation Outdoing Tax Abuse (Outa) transport portfolio manager, who told IOL.
At least 25 other e-toll defaulters have also been given default judgments, but Heyneke believes this figure is probably a lot higher.
Outa announced this week that Sanral is obtaining default judgments against e-toll defaulters.
Default judgments arise when a debtor does not respond to or defend a summons.
By obtaining default judgments for the non-payment of e-tolls, motorists’ credit ratings may be affected, which makes it more difficult to obtain credit facilities, said Outa.
“In our opinion, Sanral is waging a dangerous war against the citizens of South Africa,” Heyneke said last week.
“We have seen instances where these default judgments were obtained for debt that had already prescribed.
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Furthermore, what happens if default judgments were obtained against motorists for vehicles that were not theirs, as others had cloned their registration plates?
Outa would like to remind motorists that summonses must not be ignored. If these are issued for unpaid e-tolls, they must act quickly.
“They can contact Outa’s offices for guidance on how to address the matter. By not responding to a summons, motorists open themselves up to default judgments and further legal actions that arise from this.”