Sanral back to normal after ‘white substance’ scare

2014-01-22 08:39

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The SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is operating at full capacity today after an evacuation of the building, says the Electronic Toll Collection (ETC).

“Employees are back at work today and everything is running normally,” said ETC CEO Jamie Surkont.

The Tshwane hazardous material unit was called to Sanral’s nerve centre yesterday afternoon after a “suspicious envelope containing a white substance” was found on the premises.

The building was evacuated and its electricity shut down.

A total of 37 people were decontaminated and hospitalised as a precautionary measure.

All of them had been discharged by this morning, said Surkont.

Yesterday, Sanral said the evacuation had disrupted the Gauteng highway tolling system, but Surkont said it had remained operational. Biological testing revealed that the powder was not anthrax.

Biological or chemical attacks, real or feigned, are an act of cowardice and terrorism, the Justice Project SA (JPSA) said yesterday.

“Hoax or real, JPSA condemns this incident in the strongest possible terms and wishes all Sanral employees affected by this incident well,” said chairperson Howard Dembovsky.

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