Traditional leaders sorrounding Modikwa Platinum Mine have called on mining magnate Patrice Motsepe to provide security for the mine workers in the wake of April 2 ’s petrol-bomb attack on a bus in the Driekop area. The attack left six mine workers dead.
Five suspects have been arrested in connection with the attack‚ which also left 28 mine workers injured. The bus was attacked when ferrying workers to the mine
Speaking on behalf of seven traditional leaders in the region on Thursday‚ Chief Masea Mohlala pleaded with Motsepe to provide safety measures for his mine workers following the tragic incident. Mohlala said they were very hurt by the incident.”We need to remain united and help the police in resolving this matter. Today, as the traditional leaders, we are happy to hear that perpetrators have been arrested‚” he said.
Mohlala said several mines in the area had been closed and Modikwa mine was one of the few still operational. “We plead with you, chairman Motsepe, not to shut down the mine because our children will suffer‚” he said.
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe and Motsepe visited the Modikwa platinum mine on Thursday.Motsepe’s African Rainbow Minerals and Anglo American Platinum co-own the mine.Anglo American’s joint venture executive chairman Vishnu Pillay said they were united in grief with the family of the deceased and injured workers.”The community and workers are torn apart by the mass-killing of the mine workers.
We are appealing to everyone to support us in this difficult period‚” he said.
Mantashe hinted that he will engage with the closed mines. “We will engage with them, and discuss the reasons for the closure. We urge other mining companies to also come forward to mine in the area.”
Meanwhile Motsepe said Modikwa Mine was not making money. “There is no money here but we will continue because of our commitment to create and maintain jobs. I’m disturbed about what happened here on Monday‚ why would one of us set a fire to a bus knowing that there are people inside?” he asked. Motsepe called on faith-based organisations to pray for Burgersfort because it was prone to violence.