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Attempt to torch voting station

Sterkspruit - An attempt was made to burn down an Eastern Cape school, said to be used as a voting station, Sterkspruit police said on Monday.

“Attempts were made by unknown people to burn a school hall... in the Makhetheng admin area in Sterkspruit,” Colonel Sibongile Soci said in a statement.

A guard at the Ekuzoleni Junior Secondary School noticed smoke coming from the school hall in the early hours of the morning. He found burning tyres inside the hall and a broken window.

“School material, including books, chairs and cabinets, were destroyed,” Soci said.

An arson docket was opened. No arrests had been made yet, but police were following leads. Soci said the area was being monitored and additional members were on standby.

The Electoral Commission of SA said it would comment later.

Sapa

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