LIMPOPO – The bus, which was petrol bombed, was carrying fifty mine workers and of this number, 28 were taken to hospital after suffering burn wounds, according to police spokesperson Lt Col Moatshe Ngoepe. He added that the deceased are four men and two women.
“Preliminary investigations indicate that the Segweka Bus Service was collecting Modikwa Platinum Mine workers, going for night shift, between 20:00 and 21:00 on Monday, 2 April. When the bus stopped at the 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,” Ngoepe explained.
Police are offering a reward of up to R500 000 for any valuable information that can lead to the arrest and possible conviction of the suspects responsible.
“The motive for this incident is not known at this stage but our investigators continue. Anyone with information is requested to contact Captain Richard Boshomane at 079 894 5501; Warrant Officer Mahlatji at 079 657 6873; the toll free Crime Stop number 0860010111 or the nearest police station,” Ngoepe concluded.