Five arrested for Driekop bus bombing denied bail

DRIEKOP – Five suspects arrested for early last month’s murder of six mine workers at Driekop village outside Burgersfort were denied bail when they reappeared before the Praktiseer Magistrates Court on Monday 14 May 2018.

The five were arrested after six Modikwa Mine workers died after a bus they were travelling in to work was torched after it stopped at a stopping point in the village.

Police said unknown people jumped into the bus and threw a highly flammable liquid in it before fleeing, leaving the bus in flames that resulted in the death of six people and hospitalization of 28 mine workers.

Lt Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe, Limpopo Provincial Police Spokesperson, said the suspects, Sipho Khumalo (28) arrested at his Driekop village on 04 April 2018, Aubrey Remos Tjie (35) also from Driekop village and arrested in Riba Cross on 04 April 2018, Thabo Mokgala (33) from Sehlaku village and arrested in Mandagshoek, Philimon Makwana ()34) from Leolo and arrested at Mohlake area on 04 April 2018 and Kgaogelo Moime (30) are facing charges of six counts of murder, attempted murder and malicious damage to property.

“They will again appear before the Mecklenburg Magistrates Court on 12 July 2018 for legal representation of their own choice and for further police investigations. They are all in custody without bail,” concluded Ngoepe.

Thapelo Motseo

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