Agri EC takes govt to Supreme Court over province's rural roads

AUGUST 5, 2015

Agri Eastern Cape, which is based in Port Elizabeth, on Tuesday announced that it has launched an application in the Supreme Court in an attempt to compel the government to fulfill its obligation to maintain and repair the gravel roads that service rural areas of the Eastern Cape.

According to Agri Eastern Cape President, Ernest Pringle, the action comes after many years of attempting to find amicable solutions to the problem.

“We have now been forced to resort to stronger measures,” said Pringle.

In addition, the organisation would also be asking the court to make the government refund the money that various farmers had been forced to spend in keeping provincial roads passable, he said.

Further clarity on the respective rights and duties of the parties involved in such cases would also be sought, added Pringle.

Formerly known as the Eastern Province Agricultural Union, Agri EC today represents more than 3 000 members and affiliated organisations.

The news comes when South African National Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL) CEO, Nazir Alli, while addressing a public lecture at Walter Sisulu University in East London on Monday, said that there are currently 32 engineering projects with a combined value of R2.2bn taking place on the national road network in the Eastern Cape.

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