Sanral 'powder scare' investigated

Sanral's operations centre was evacuated after an envelope containing white powder was found.

Sanral's operations centre was evacuated after an envelope containing white powder was found. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Forensic investigators are yet to confirm exactly what substance was found at South African National Roads Agency Limited's (Sanral) central operations centre in Midrand.

The building was evacuated on Tuesday after an envelope containing a suspicious white powder was found on the premises.

About 20 employees were decontaminated and taken to hospital as a safety precaution.

The e-toll system was disrupted after employees were evacuated.

Sniffer dogs were at the scene, but police haven't verified what the powder is.

Sanral's Vusi Mona says they are taking the matter very seriously.

"We take the matter seriously and condemn it and in our view it's sabotage, and seen as a serious crime."

Mona said it's not yet clear how the e-tolling system was affected by the interruption.

Furthermore, the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) urged the public not to overreact following the incident.

Outa's John Clarke says they are pleased no one was hurt.

"It appears to be a hoax or an act of sabotage. Outa believes the end never justifies the means and condemns it."