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Rustenburg - Three schools and a clinic were burnt down during a service delivery protest in Atamalang near Delareyville on Wednesday, North West police said.

Captain Paul Ramaloko said protesters, demanding electricity torched ten classrooms at the three schools in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

“Five classrooms were burnt at one school, four classrooms at the second school and one classroom was torched at another,” he said.

Four people were arrested for malicious damaged to property, they were expected to appear in court on Thursday, he said.

North West education department spokesman Elias Malindi said schools in the area were affected.

“Learners did not come to school as results of the protest. The situation here is bad, there are no people on the streets,” he said.

He said the roof of one school looked as it was blown away by a heavy explosion.

ANA