The five suspects arrested in connection with the bombing of a bus and subsequent death of six of the 50 mineworkers it was carrying at Driekop outside Burgersfort two weeks ago, briefly appeared in the Mecklenburg Magistrate’s Court last Thursday after which the case was postponed to 26 April for formal bail application.
Provincial Police Corporate Communications Head Motlafela Mojapelo indicated that Sipho Khumalo, Aubrey Remos Tjie, Thabo Mokgala, Philimon Makwana and Kgaogelo Moime face six charges of murder, attempted murder and malicious damage to property.
This follows an incident earlier this month when a bus from Segweka Bus Services, collecting Modikwa Platinum Mine night shift workers in the area, was allegedly set alight at Driekop.
Twenty eight mine workers sustained burn wounds while six burnt beyond recognition.
Meanwhile, the deceased were identified through DNA analysis as Johannes Malepe (56) and Ziphora Makuwa (48) both from Driekop, Solomon Komana (37), Simon Mahlokwane (42), and Moniccah Mabilo (57) all from Ga-Mahlokwane and Pheta Ranku (58) from Lesotho.
Story: RC Myburgh