Sanral shaken by security threats

The roads agency has received three threats at its Midrand centre in the past week.

FILE: A fire truck headed to the Sanral offices as roads around the Midrand headquarters were closed on 24 January after the discovery of a suspicious substance. Picture: Christa Van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has blasted those responsible for the recent threats at its headquarters in Midrand, saying the livelihood and well-being of innocent people are being put in danger.

The roads agency received a bomb threat yesterday prompting the building to be evacuated for the third time in a week.

On Tuesday, 37 people were rushed to hospital as a precaution after a white powder was dropped off in an envelope.

A second package containing a suspicious white powder was dropped off at the roads agency's Midrand headquarters on Friday.

Two people were taken to hospital.

In both cases, the unknown substance was tested and found to be harmless.

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

Sanral has condemned the act in the strongest possible terms, saying people have to accept that the courts have ruled in favour of the e-tolling system.

Sanral CEO Nazir Alli says they are concerned about the safety of their employees.

"This is definitely a threat against the safety of our colleagues."

Alli says they won't rest until those behind the crimes are held accountable.

"The perpetrators will be found with time and they will be brought to book."

Sanral says it is now looking at having a separate office for its incoming mail following the security scares.

Meanwhile, hundreds of motorists took part in a protest against the multi-billion rand e-tolling network on Saturday in Johannesburg.

Almost two months after e-tolling was launched in Gauteng, some motorists are still adamant they will not buy into the project.

Alli says those opposing e-tolls should start respecting the rule of the law.

Opposition parties, including the Economic Freedom Fighters and the Democratic Alliance, have made it clear they are opposed to the controversial system.