Sanral man arrested for 'terrorism'

EWN understands the 28-year-old man who was arrested is a call-centre agent.

Eyewitness News understands the 28-year-old man arrested on Wednesday was a disgruntled call-centre agent. Picture: Christa Van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Hawks have confirmed a South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) employee has been arrested in connection with a spate of anthrax and bomb scares at the roads agency's operations centre.

The centre has been evacuated three times, with some employees taken to hospital and receiving counseling.

Eyewitness News understands the 28-year-old man arrested on Wednesday was a disgruntled call-centre agent.

The Hawks's Paul Ramaloko would not reveal any details about the suspect but said his cellphone was confiscated and is a crucial piece of evidence.

"He's facing charges related to acts of terrorism and we confiscated a cellphone that we suspect was used to call the centre to alert them about the powder and the bomb threat."

He says it's not yet known whether the man was working alone or whether he had accomplices.

"We're not ruling out possibilities of more arrests and our investigations are continuing."

The suspect is expected to appear in court on Friday.

Sanral is yet to respond to the breakthrough.

On Monday the agency blasted those responsible for the recent threats, saying the livelihood and well-being of innocent people was being put in danger.