A further three men have been convicted in the Polokwane High Court this week after their accomplice made a confession to the police about the petrol bombing of a mineworkers’ bus.
Sipho Khumalo, 29, Philemon Makwana, 34, and Thabo Mokgala, 28, were found guilty of six counts of murder, 47 counts of attempted murder and one count of malicious damage to property.
National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) regional spokesperson for Limpopo, Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi, said that the conviction had followed the gang’s bombing of a miners’ bus in Limpopo on the night of 2 April 2018.
“Four men and two women were burnt beyond recognition after the fiery attack on the Segweka bus service at Driekop village, outside Burgersfort, at the pick-up point while collecting Modikwa platinum mineworkers,” Malabi-Dzhangi said.
“The four accused had a meeting and agreed to burn the bus which transports Modikwa mine workers. They proceeded to the bus station and joined the mine workers and stayed behind the occupants. Later the four got into the bus and Sipho poured petrol whilst Philemon set the bus alight. They then jumped out, leaving behind the bus engulfed in flames,” she said.
At the start of the trial on the 30th of September 2019, one of the four accused Kgaugelo Moime, 30, pleaded guilty to all counts as charged and he further implicated the other three accused. He had earlier confessed to the crime to the police.
“He was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for each count of murder and 10 years imprisonment for each count of attempted murder,”
State advocate, George Sekhukhune, led the evidence of Kgaugelo Moime and of the police officers to whom Moime had confessed the crime. Evidence of bus passengers was also presented in court.
The case was postponed to tomorrow 30 June 2021 for sentencing of the three men.