Mine workers bus bombed, six burn to death, Burgersfort

South African Police Service

Mine workers bus bombed, six burn to death, Burgersfort
Mine workers bus bombed, six burn to death, Burgersfort. Photo: SAPS

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has assembled a high level team of investigators comprising members of the Provincial Organized Crime, The Hawks and the Provincial Crime Intelligence to track down the suspects responsible for the bombing of a bus that was transporting night shift mine workers on Monday evening 2 April 2018.

Six people burnt beyond recognition after what seemed like a petrol bomb, was thrown at the bus by unknown suspects. The bus immediately caught fire, instantly killing six people on board and injuring several others.

This gruesome incident took place at Driekop village outside Burgersfort when the faceless assailants pounced on a bus soon after it stopped at the pickup point at around 20:00 on Monday, 2 April 2018 and petrol bombed it. The police were then alerted and reacted swiftly. On arrival, the bus had already burned to ashes with six victims inside.

It is understood others escaped through windows with burn wounds and were taken to hospital.

The Provincial Commissioner has commanded the Task Team to hit the ground running in pursuit of these faceless criminals. “We will not sleep until the people responsible for this gruesome incident are apprehended”, said General Ledwaba. “We call on community members to assist the police in their guest to swiftly crack this case and any valuable information received will be treated with the strictest confidentiality,” concluded General Ledwaba.

A monetary reward of up to R500 000.00 will be offered for any valuable information that can lead to the arrest and possible conviction of the people responsible for this horrific incident.

The police have opened six counts of murder following this incident. Anyone with information is requested to contact Captain Richard Boshomane at 079 894 5501 or Warrant Officer Mahlatji at 079 657 6873 or call the Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or contact the nearest police.

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SOURCESouth African Police Service