E-toll disruptions as Sanral staff rush to safety

2014-01-21 16:20

Johannesburg - Sanral has confirmed the evacuation of the Central Operations Centre (COC) in Midrand on Tuesday, after a suspicious envelope containing a white substance was found on their premises.

“Our priority is to ensure the safety of the people who work at the COC,” Sanral spokesperson Vusi Mona said.

He said after the envelope was discovered the Tshwane Hazardous Material Unit was called in.

“This resulted in the shutdown of electricity and the evacuation of the building,” he said in a statement.

Mona said the evacuation affected the e-tolling system, which had to be temporary shutdown.

“We take this matter very seriously and condemn this type of action in the strongest possible terms. It is tantamount to sabotage,” he said.

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  • Liesel Hering Chamen - 2014-01-21 16:23

    So... What was the substance?

      Scar - 2014-01-21 16:24

      Anthrax.... TaxPayer 1 Sanral 0

      Brad Herbert - 2014-01-21 16:29

      It was a gram of cocaine being delivered to the boss

      Scouter Four-One - 2014-01-21 16:32

      This type of game plan, when thoroughly in the dwang, has now long past it's sell by date. Ask the not so great USA - they will tell you the same thing .....

      Maarten Slabbert - 2014-01-21 16:33

      Probably the ashes of somebodies Scamrail bill....

      Bullet Proof - 2014-01-21 16:35

      White Powder? Sounds that one of your directors is on Cocaine.

      Eterni80 - 2014-01-21 16:38

      probably the ashes from someone who torched their account.. or some coke for them to snort - as they aint getting money

      Kawasaki1985 - 2014-01-21 16:38

      Staff at SanFail have never seen a payment before ... it is an envelope with cash you Morons !!!

      Scouter Four-One - 2014-01-21 16:38

      The ANC is really screwing up right now - long may it continue ...

      Clinton Tupper - 2014-01-21 16:42

      That's how we roll!

      Scouter Four-One - 2014-01-21 16:53

      Cash flow crisis - an excuse not to put out questionable bills ..... I didn't think they would come up with the 'white powder' number, however. This so called government is never short of imagination until it comes to having to run the country responsibly ....

      Phillip J Fry - 2014-01-21 16:53

      I hear kapsch trafficcom makes nice strawberry sherbet.

      Freddy van Wijk - 2014-01-21 16:53

      Ingredients for Nyeope.

      Ian Flack - 2014-01-21 17:08

      Actually, it was a packet of GRANDPA's that someone was trying to take as they unsuccessfully tried to communicate with a SANRAL employee.......

      Thabang Bonang - 2014-01-21 17:11

      I hope people don't start sending letters with white powder to 48 Tambotie Avenue, Val de Grace, Pretoria. That would affect their daily operations and therefore stop etoll collections. Please don't do that people.

      Gloomy Zoomy - 2014-01-21 17:12


      Nic Mechanic - 2014-01-21 17:39

      what was that address again?...

      MHH - 2014-01-22 07:43

      It's some Colombian traffic.

  • David Ward - 2014-01-21 16:24

    Sabotaging a corrupt system? Hmmm... I wouldn't worry. I bet that white substance is all the dandruff of 1000s of people still scratching their head's at just how stupid SANRAL is.

      Hemlock - 2014-01-21 16:25

      hahahahahahahaha......excellent response!

      Phillip J Fry - 2014-01-21 16:31

      hahahahah! How did you get to that amount Sanral? ... scratch scratch scratch

      Stu McDonald - 2014-01-21 16:32

      E-tolls are sabotaging the entire country.

      Phillip J Fry - 2014-01-21 16:40

      David do you drink Bells?

      Sipeto Mduba - 2014-01-21 17:14

      i like that

      Nic Mechanic - 2014-01-21 17:35

      I like David...quick on the draw....

      Darren Roderick Kirsten - 2014-01-21 19:26

      i received my e-toll i also thought it was sabotage

  • Phillip J Fry - 2014-01-21 16:25

    Yeah!!! great news. Now leave it closed!

  • CraigJoseph - 2014-01-21 16:25

    Nkandla, we have a problem!

      Charmaine Rowlands - 2014-01-21 16:37

      ROFL, you beat me to it, CraigJoseph

      Nic Mechanic - 2014-01-21 17:33 too...

      RyanHeuvel4Jesus - 2014-01-23 09:47

      Best response yet!

  • Werner Coetzer - 2014-01-21 16:25

    We condemn E-tolling strongly

  • Thinker Black - 2014-01-21 16:27

    shame DA is never giving up, i dont understand why people are still fighting this, its not even a serious fee

      Tiaan Niemand - 2014-01-21 16:35

      Why????....are you on the receiving end of it ?!?!?!?!

      Phillip J Fry - 2014-01-21 16:35

      wrong article troll face.

      Isabel Rodriguez - 2014-01-21 16:37

      Me thinks your not living up to your name of thinker, we are fighting this because we pay tax and we pay a fuel levey on our fuel and then to still be charged a toll is a slap in the face. When the bulk of the money is going to leave south africa to the tune of 690 million rand, do you have any idea of what that could do for south africa.

      nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2014-01-21 16:38

      Thinker Black you think black,,,lol

      Charmaine Rowlands - 2014-01-21 16:38

      you know what? give me your postal address and you can pay my R2053+ bill!

      Iszi Doe - 2014-01-21 16:46

      Not much "thinking" going on in that head of yours. I guess it is hard to think with your head so far up your own ass.

      Jacques Van Dyk - 2014-01-21 16:46

      Oh shut up troll..

      Mashiane Nana Kgoete - 2014-01-21 16:58

      Thinker Black surely u not thinking straight. Maybe we should bring our acc to u. Give us ur postal address

      Arthur Crisp - 2014-01-21 17:08

      Yep the name say's it all. I actually feel sorry for you, you most probably dream about the DA, wake up thinking about the DA, and for the rest of the day cannot get the DA off your mind, what is worse this repeats every day, every night. Thinker, I thinks you are in love - but are in denial.

      Leoa - 2014-01-21 18:27

      You just miserable because it wasn't "black" powder :P

      Clive Cellarius - 2014-01-21 19:04

      Do you REALLY think everyone who uses those freeways are DA? LOL! You're such an ignorant chump (and I'm being VERY polite!)

  • Neill Le Roux - 2014-01-21 16:27

    Dont you guys find the abbreviation COC funny too?

      Victor Mendes - 2014-01-21 16:29

      Yep! Something they can suck if they think we will pay for this e-crap.

      Tiaan Niemand - 2014-01-21 16:35

      They all prob said "oh coc" when they were told to go outside

      Jacques Van Dyk - 2014-01-21 16:47

      Ha ha. Coc-Up centre. More like it.

      AsGodIsMyWitness - 2014-01-21 17:02

      I get to say COC and TOLL in the same sentence

      Praglan Naidoo - 2014-01-21 20:20

      Or OUTA COC! Cos they really dont have balls!

  • Shipingana Kapofi - 2014-01-21 16:28

    Rush hour....!!

  • michael.a.kok.3 - 2014-01-21 16:28

    Kry vir julle!

  • Ramosoeu Matli - 2014-01-21 16:28


  • Gynormous Dixie - 2014-01-21 16:29

    Lol. Let the games begin.....

  • Ivan Nel - 2014-01-21 16:29

    get that man a bells

  • Eugene Brink - 2014-01-21 16:31

    Shame, they've never seen sugar before

  • Mica Gogome - 2014-01-21 16:31

    Bring back BOEREMAG,by popular demand.

  • tim123 - 2014-01-21 16:31

    Now the people are in control.

  • Shaun Pfister - 2014-01-21 16:36

    the Sanral system has been down for two days ,so maybe this is just an excuse the Brains came up with .........

  • Charmaine Rowlands - 2014-01-21 16:37

    baby powder LOL

  • Danie En Mariette Joubert - 2014-01-21 16:37

    This is war!!!

  • Christina Setloboko - 2014-01-21 16:37

    hahahahaaahahaaaaaa.. nice one love it.

  • Gloomy Zoomy - 2014-01-21 16:38

    All of them are on cocaine

  • Steven Maier - 2014-01-21 16:38

    What a COC up...

      Nic Mechanic - 2014-01-21 17:27

      sharp Steven...

  • Kealeboga Letsholonyane - 2014-01-21 16:39

    Down with e-tolls. Down with Nkandla. Down with ZANC. Power to the people! ! !

      Kobus Hattingh - 2014-01-21 16:56

      And all they get is powder ;)

  • Brad Smith - 2014-01-21 16:39

    they can say a virus got into the system.

  • Leon Pieterse - 2014-01-21 16:39

    "We take this e-toilet matter very seriously and condemn this type of taxation in the strongest possible terms. It is tantamount to corruption"

  • Sipho Tshabalala - 2014-01-21 16:39

    Beautiful, please post this every week and add Nkandla address plz.

  • MSGRules - 2014-01-21 16:40

    Shouldn't a world class system like this be able to run by itself and don't need 100's of people to monitor it. it takes pictures and matches number plates work out the cost and bill. very simple need for manual capturing surely??

      Inhlanzi Bold - 2014-01-21 16:52

      Eish...must have people, how else will the ANC create 6 million jobs

      Arthur Crisp - 2014-01-21 17:22

      Take a world class system, bring it to South Africa, Africanize it, corrupt it for personal gain and get a COC to run it. It should not be too hard to understand why they need such a large building and so many people to sit the whole day in front of a screen with their finger on the shutter button.

      Clive Cellarius - 2014-01-21 19:09

      ..and they still can't cope! No brains involved there, I'm afraid!

  • Pietro Mariani - 2014-01-21 16:40

    As usual they do not say what was in the envelope. Hiding stuff again sanral. Like you always do. never play open cards with the public hence why one reason why the public do not like you.

  • Colin Nelson - 2014-01-21 16:41


  • Makola Jack Mokgokong - 2014-01-21 16:42

    Run Tsuma run...

  • Julia Griffiths - 2014-01-21 16:42

    That's not going to change the situation what will is civil disobedience

  • Kobus Hattingh - 2014-01-21 16:43

    Maybe he mislaid his grandpa pain powder because of all the billing headaches?

  • Dalitso Mkandawire - 2014-01-21 16:43


  • Teunis Rooseboom - 2014-01-21 16:43

    Why do I think the "envelope" is a cover up for the system that crashed?

      Edwina Coetzer - 2014-01-21 17:34

      Yes, the 100 strong staff were all ordering Nando's takeaways and playing Candy Crush Saga on the system.

  • mica gogome - 2014-01-21 16:43

    the current government oppressing their own peeps.Aaagg!Fed up man.

  • Bradley Brits - 2014-01-21 16:44

    Hopefully its something very toxic.

      Mari-Elize Miles Nel - 2014-01-21 16:48

      Pointless, you cannot poison a gantry...

  • Iszi Doe - 2014-01-21 16:45


  • Marnich Winterbach - 2014-01-21 16:46

    Mielie Pap

  • Amos Moledi - 2014-01-21 16:48

    Hehehehehe. Their IQ must have been affected by this disruption.

  • Clayton Bezuidenhout - 2014-01-21 16:48

    Yes...That makes sense..."Sanral Employee : We received an envelope full of strange powder sir! Director : Damn it! Quick turn off the electricity. Just now the powder comes alive."

      Brad Smith - 2014-01-21 16:51

      lol not the sharpest tools in the shed work at that place.

  • Sisie Indola - 2014-01-21 16:51

    Has anyone actually thought that if they never built Nkandla nor done the "security upgrades" they could have used that money for Sanral amongst other things of course. But they had to prove to their king just how great he is by building this monstrosity. How much did it cost to lay in water and electricity and sewerage? Such a disgrace - Despicable You!

  • Lynn Hugo - 2014-01-21 16:52

    Hahaha COC headquarter.

  • Pat Aldrich - 2014-01-21 16:52

    Just something to powder their asses

  • arno.wilmot - 2014-01-21 16:52

    Maybe Radovan arranged this so he can get sympathy votes

  • Shuma Papa-Rifuwo Nkuna - 2014-01-21 16:53

    Lol so was it a parcel bomb? I would have loved to see their sorry corrupt behinds running for cover, starting with vusi mona, who ever sent the "supposed parcel bomb" is brilliant. That's how we fill when u shoved ur unjust laws on us.

  • Colin Craig Broadfoot - 2014-01-21 16:54

    Get the message chaps.

  • Mtizozo Nsele - 2014-01-21 16:54

    All what you people need to do is shut the nonsence, go buy the e-tags and pay you accounts,,

      Ruan Cotty - 2014-01-21 16:56


      Mtizozo Nsele - 2014-01-21 16:57

      she is alredy bought one for herself and she is paying her account,, no stress its all cool,,

      Sean Lock - 2014-01-21 17:02

      Will buy 1 as soon as pigs fly and hell freezes over and maybe when black and white can live in harmony !!! LOL.

      Phillip J Fry - 2014-01-21 17:02

      Yea tell that to the guy who makes a few hundred rand profit from his business using the toll roads.

      Louise Watson - 2014-01-21 17:12

      Do you pay yours? Perhaps you use public transport. If so Madam, you would NOT to give a hoot. God bless SA.

      Louise Watson - 2014-01-21 17:13

      Do you pay yours? Perhaps you use public transport. If so Madam, you would NOT to give a hoot. God bless SA.

      Louise Watson - 2014-01-21 17:13

      Do you pay yours? Perhaps you use public transport. If so Madam, you would NOT to give a hoot. God bless SA.

      christo.zikie - 2014-01-21 17:21


      Godfrey Madibane - 2014-01-21 17:26


      Umbono Wami - 2014-01-21 17:52

      No, you are the one that must "shut the nonsense" with your made-up English grammar. It would be of great help to you if all of us News24 readers could start a fund, contributing 5c each, so you can attend English language studies. Until then, keep the nonsensical comments to yourself! #WannabeInTheCancerGravyTrain

      Ruan Cotty - 2014-01-21 18:18

      @UMBONO - GREAT ONE JOU YSTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Charlotte Page - 2014-01-23 11:20

      Baaaa baaaa....bleat away...

  • Arthur Crisp - 2014-01-21 16:54

    Now for the million dollar question: who's drugs was it?

  • Chris Flack - 2014-01-21 16:56

    It wasn't "tantamount to sabotage", idiot. It was sabotage from one of your millions of disgruntled customers. Should have thought about this before over-riding the common persons views.

  • Johan van Zyl - 2014-01-21 16:57

    Now they want to blame their incompetence on a white substance? Ha ha

      Justin Eden - 2014-01-21 17:57

      No it was the legacy of apartheid! No, well someone was bound to blame it.

  • Jammies Jamneck - 2014-01-21 16:59

    One staff member forgot to take home his/her free portion of company sugar. Video clip of the evacuation would make interesting viewing...fat ones in front blocking the dumb ones obstructing the liars...