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Rustenburg - Five houses were set alight in Ramokokastad near Mogwase  outside Rustenburg, North West police said on Thursday.

"Five houses including the house of the chief were set alight, four cases of arson have been opened. No arrest has been made," Sergeant Kelebogile Moleko said.

The houses were torched on Wednesday night.

Moleko said four people have opened cases adding that the chief was the only person who has not yet opened a case.

Ramokokastad has been on edge after buses were stopped from operating in the area in a renewed chieftaincy dispute.

A section of the community did not want Joy Ramokoka to be their traditional leader, they allegedly stopped buses from operating in their area and only allowed taxis.

The bus boycott had triggered a conflict between residents, in Bojating resident stopped taxi from operating stating that the want the buses back as they could not afford to pay high taxi fare.

Joy Ramokoka's house was first set alight about a year ago and the tribal office was also torched at that time when the chieftaincy dispute surface.

African News Agency (ANA)