Sanral praises swift arrest

The roads agency has congratulated police on their swift action to its anthrax and bomb scares.

Sanral has congratulated police on a breakthrough in the anthrax and bomb scare evacuations at its operations centre. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has congratulated police on a breakthrough in the anthrax and bomb scare evacuations at its operations centre.

The Hawks say a 28-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday and will face charges relating to 'acts of terrorism' when he makes an appearance in court on Friday.

A fire truck headed to Sanral offices during road closures following an anthrax scare on 24 January 2014. Picture: Christa Van der Walt/EWN.

While police said the man was a Sanral employee, the roads agency's Vusi Mona asserted he was actually working for a subcontractor.

"The person arrested is not a Sanral employee. It's a person who works for one of the service providers on this project."

But Mona praised police for their swift action, which demonstrates how serious the offence is.

Meanwhile, Eyewitness News understands the suspect is a call centre operator who was disgruntled at his working conditions.

His cellphone has been seized and is likely to be used as evidence against him.

Police say more arrests cannot be ruled out at this stage.