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Torched Eastern Cape hall not a voting station

2014-05-06 07:42

Pretoria - A school hall torched in Sterkspruit, Eastern Cape, was not a voting station, the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) said on Monday.

Investigations revealed the school hall was not a polling centre, even for special votes, IEC commissioner Bongani Finca told reporters at the national results operations centre (ROC) in Pretoria.

"I was working in the Eastern Cape and I want to confirm that we received reports of that hall that was torched. Obviously we panicked a bit because we thought that the hall was one of our venues," he said.

"Yesterday (Sunday) when the provincial ROC was launched we had the head of police in the province who assured us that she has taken all measures to ensure that the voting goes well. She assured political parties that she is deploying her best personnel."

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

"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.



  
- SAPA
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