South African police arrest five over mine worker killings


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JOHANNESBURG, April 4 – South African police said
on Wednesday that five people had been arrested in connection
with a petrol bomb attack on a bus that killed six workers on
their way to the Modikwa platinum mine earlier this week.

The platinum belt has been a flashpoint of violence rooted
in community grievances over jobs, revenue flows and conflict
between rival unions that threaten production in the world’s
top producer of the precious metal.

The accused will appear in court on Thursday on charges of
attempted murder, murder and malicious damage to property,
police spokesman Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said.

The motive for the attack, which is still being
investigated, was unknown, Mojapelo added.

The attack occurred on Monday night near the town of
Burgersfort in northern Limpopo province while the workers were
being driven to the Modikwa mine operated by African Rainbow
Minerals and Anglo American Platinum.

Production at the mine, which produces around 300,000 ounces
of platinum group metals annually, was temporarily halted.