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Attempt to burn down polling station

2014-05-05 17:15
Johannesburg - An attempt was made to burn down an Eastern Cape school set to be used as a voting station, Sterkspruit police said on Monday.

According to eNCA, the area is considered one of the country's election violence hotspots.

"Attempts were made by unknown people to burn a school hall... in the Makhetheng admin area in Sterkspruit," police spokesperson 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.

Overnight, angry residents blockaded roads with rocks and burning tyres, some of them saying they will boycott the vote as problems in the area have not been solved, eNCA reported.

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.

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