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patricemotsepeBusinessLive reports that traditional leaders in Burgersfort‚ Limpopo‚ have called on mining magnate Patrice Motsepe to provide security for local mineworkers in the wake of Monday’s petrol bomb attack on a bus in the area.  

Five suspects have been arrested in connection with the attack‚ which left six mineworkers dead and 28 injured.  The bus transporting the miners was leaving the Modikwa Platinum Mine in Driekop outside Burgersfort on Monday night when the attack occurred.  Motsepe’s African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) and Anglo American Platinum co-own the mine.  Motsepe and Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe visited the mine on Thursday.  Speaking on behalf of seven traditional leaders in the region‚ Chief Masea Mohlala pleaded with Motsepe to provide safety measures for his workers following the tragic incident.  Mohlala said they were very hurt by the incident.  He noted that several mines in the area had been closed and Modikwa mine was the only one still operational. "We plead with you, chairman Motsepe, not to shut down the mine because our children will suffer."

  • Read this report by Peter Ramothwala in full at BusinessLive
  • See too, Anglo American Platinum and ARM condemn bus attack, at SABC News
  • And also, Cosatu visits families of six mineworkers killed in a petrol bomb attack, at SABC News

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