The bodies of mine workers burnt beyond recognition after their work bus was petrol bombed near Burgersfort, Limpopo. PHOTO: Supplied by SAPS

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Mine workers die after bus petrol bombed in Limpopo

JOHANNESBURG, April 4 – Six miners have died after two people boarded the bus transporting them to work and set off a petrol bomb before fleeing the scene, Limpopo police said.

A R500,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest of the assailants who on Monday night left six workers burnt beyond recognition and 28 others severely injured. The workers were en route to African Rainbow Minerals’s Modikwa platinum mine.

Spokesman Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said there were 50 workers on the bus when the incident happened in Driekop village outside Burgersfort. The deceased are four men and two women.

”When the bus reached Driekop bus stop, two unknown suspects got into the bus and set it alight, using a highly flammable liquid. They then jumped out, leaving behind the bus already engulfed in huge flames,” he said.

Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba condemned the attack and said a high level team of investigators had been assembled to hunt for the killers. A docket of six counts of murder and arson was opened.

The names of the deceased would be released as soon as their next of kin have been informed.

-African News Agency (ANA) 

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