Six miners killed and 44 injured as bus petrol-bombed in Limpopo – by Allan Seccombe (Business Day – April 3, 2018)

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Some of the mining companies have spoken of a criminal element creeping into protests in an area where unemployment and poverty are high

Six miners and 44 others were hurt in an arson attack on a bus carrying them to the Modikwa Platinum Mine on Monday evening.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), police and the companies that own the mine, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) and Anglo American Platinum, said the employees were on their way from the Ga-Morga village in Limpopo to the mine on the eastern limb of the Bushveld Igneouss Complex.

The attackers were unknown, as was the motive.

The central and southern portions of the eastern limb, which is also home to chrome mines, has been an area of unrest as impoverished communities demand jobs and business opportunities from mines in the area. In some cases, mines have been stopped and company property burnt in protests.

Executives of some of the mining companies have spoken of a criminal element creeping into the protests in an area where unemployment and poverty are high and municipal capabilities and efficiencies are low.

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