JOHANNESBURG - The head office of the SA National Roads Agency in Midrand has been evacuated.
An envelope containing a white substance, suspected to be anthrax, was found.
The roads agency issued a statement, saying security reacted promptly and the Tshwane Hazardous Material Unit was called, resulting in the shutdown of electricity and evacuation of the building.
“Our priority is to ensure the safety of the people who work at the COC,” said Sanral's spokesperson Vusi Mona.
Sanral is responsible for the implementation of Gauteng's controversial e-tolling system.
Mona condemned the incident, saying it was a serious crime.
”We know that people are not happy but it would be highly irresponsible to do this thing simply because you disagree with government policy. In any country…and it is proven to be a dangerous substance, I have no doubt in my mind it will be categorised as terrorism.
"Differing with policy not justification to resorting to such action. We don’t know what it is yet… hoping that it is a hoax, but if it is not, it will it will be tantamount to sabotage and border on a very serious crime,” said Mona.
Meanwhile, 36 people were taken to hospital in case they needed treatment for the yet to be identified substance.