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The South African Police Service's Limpopo commissioner, Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba, has assembled a high-level team of investigators to track down the suspects responsible for the petrol-bombing of a bus that was transporting night shift mineworkers on Monday evening, and killed six miners.

A reward of up to R500,000 is also being offered for any valuable information that can lead to the arrest and possible conviction of the people responsible.

The task team comprises members of the Provincial Organised Crime, the Hawks and the Provincial Crime Intelligence.

The six miners killed were burnt beyond recognition after what seems like two suspects, pretending to be mineworkers, climbed aboard the bus and set it alight with a petrol bomb before escaping. The bus immediately caught fire, instantly killing six people on board and injuring several others.

The gruesome incident took place at Driekop village outside Burgersfort when the bus stopped at the pickup point at around 8 pm Monday night.

Some miners managed to escape through the windows. They sustained burn wounds and were taken to a hospital.

"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."

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