Sanral staff shaken after security scares

Sanral employees say they are afraid to report for work following security scares at their workplace.

A road leading to Sanral's Central Command Centre in Samrand, Midrand, is closed after a second evacuation on 24 January 2014. Picture: Christa Van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Employees at the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) offices in Midrand have told Eyewitness News they are afraid to report to work because they are traumatised by recent security scares in the building.

A second package containing a suspicious white powder was dropped off at the roads agency's headquarters on Friday, prompting the second evacuation this week.

The same building was cleared on Tuesday after a similar incident.

Sanral says all employees affected by this week's security scares will be given trauma counselling.

The Electronic Tolling Collection's Jamie Surkont says, "Obviously someone thinks this is funny. At the end of the day, these are our staff and we take these kinds of incidents very seriously. The result is we have to obviously need to give staff trauma counselling."

In both cases this week, the white powder was found to be harmless.

But staff members have told Eyewitness News they fear that the next time could be a genuine threat.

No one has been arrested so far and police are investigating the origins of both suspicious packages.