Condolences are pouring in for the deceased miners who were brutally killed by a petrol bomb on Monday evening. Six Modikwa Platinum Mine’s
employees were burnt to death after the bus they were travelling with was petrol bombed. Twenty-eight other miners were wounded in the attack. With eight
of them critically injured.
The attack happened at the Driekop village outside Burgersfort on Monday night. It’s understood that the workers were on their way to the Modikwa Mine for a night shift when two men boarded the vehicle, threw petrol bombs before jumping off. The Limpopo police’s spokesperson Motlafela Mojapelo says they’re investigating the motive for the attack.
“Preliminary investigations indicate that the Segweka Bus Service was collecting Modikwa Platinum Mine workers for a night shift, between 20:00 and 21:00. When faceless assailants pounced on the bus soon after it stopped at a pickup point and petrol bombed it,” said Mojapelo
“Police were alerted and found that the bus had already burned to ashes with six victims inside. Others escaped through windows with burn wounds and were taken to hospital for treatment.”
Meanwhile Mojapelo revealed yesterday that they have made a breakthrough in the case. “We have managed to arrest five suspects aged between 21 and 30 in connection with the case. They are appearing before the Mecklenburg Magistrate Court today.”
Local politicians visited the accident scene on Wednesday morning and shared their condolences to the bereaved families.
Amongst those who visited the scene are Fetakgomo Tubatse Local Municipality mayor Johannes Phokane, Sekhukhune District Municipality’s executive mayor Stan Ramaila and Limpopo MEC for transport Makoma Makhurupetje.
Anglo American Platinum’s spokeswoman Mpumi Sithole said “we extend our heartfelt condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of the deceased. We are providing the employees and families impacted by this incident with support to get through this difficult time and wish the injured a full recovery.