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Sanral labels powder scare ‘sabotage’

The roads agency evacuated its operations centre following the discovery of a suspicious powder.

FILE: Sanral's Central Operations Centre in Samrand. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has labelled today's suspected threat at its Central Operations Centre in Samrand as sabotage, warning that it borders on a serious crime.

The building was evacuated this afternoon when an envelope containing a suspicious substance was found on the premises.

The evacuation has affected the e-tolling system as no one is in the building to man operations.

The police's Neville Malila says it remains unclear what the substance is.

"A white powder substance was found. The dogs reacted positively to the substance."

He says various experts are still on the scene and the powder has been sent for testing.

It has been taken for testing.

Tshwane Emergency Services' Johan Pieterse says 20 people who were in the office where the powder was found had to be decontaminated and taken to hospital for observation, but no injuries were reported.

Sanral spokesperson Vusi Mona has apologised to motorists for any inconvenience.