The Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) says that the Sanral Violations Processing Centre (VPC) has started sending out emails stating that “A Final Demand has been issued in regard to your e-toll Violations Processing Centre (VPC) Account” and “A summons has been issued”.
“It is not clear at this stage whether the summons referred to in the email is a civil or criminal summons, as neither the Final Demand nor the summons has as yet been received by the company in question,” the JPSA said.
“What is clear, however, is that Sanral’s VPC doesn’t understand the concept of the term ‘pre-legal’, given the fact that they have referred to a summons already having been issued,” the JPSA said.
“Usually ‘pre-legal’ communications precede the issue of a summons, which escalates the matter to the status of being a live legal issue.”
The JPSA added that for a summons to be issued, a court date would be required so that it may appear on the summons.
“In light of the ‘processes’ described by spokespeople for Sanral, it is somewhat surprising that a Final Demand would have been issued and seconds later, a summons would have been issued,” the JPSA said.
“These actions deviate dramatically from the ‘processes’ that have been repeatedly described by Sanral representatives.”