Terrorist threat on Sanral may lead to life in prison for culprit, when found

Recent terrorist threats toward the South African National Roads Agency, Ltd., including an alleged bomb scare and two anthrax scares, may lead to a terrorism conviction for the culprit, the National Prosecuting Authority said.

Sanral received multiple terrorist threats within the past week from what some believe is a protest against the company's Electronic Toll Collection program. The terrorist threats occurred at the company's Central Operations Centre, where the employees who run the Electronic Toll Collection system are located, according to The Citizen.

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance reported the receipt of 1,500 e-toll complains in less than three weeks. OUTA Chairman Wayne Duvenage said that while motorists may feel outraged, threatening the lives of Sanral's employees is not the way to go about solving the problem, The Citizen reports.

"That's not the way to do it," Duvanage said, according to The Citizen. "Use the channel of passive resistance. Don't buy the tags, and even if you feel compelled, don't pay the bills."

The culprit of the terrorist threats has not yet been found, but if he or she is found, they may face up to life in prison.

"Threatening other citizens with violence or terror will always be unnecessary," Sanral spokesperson Vusi Mona said. "Especially in a constitutional democracy where citizens are afforded the space to express dissent within the confines of the law."