Cape Town - The torching of schools in Vuwani contributed to a 9.4% spike in the statistics on malicious damage to property in Limpopo, Parliament's portfolio committee on police heard on Friday.
The overall decrease in malicious damage to property across all provinces was 2.9 percentage points.
There was also an overall decrease of 4.4% in arson.
Crime research and statistics head Major General Norman Sekhukhune said that, other than the Vuwani protests, arson normally involved people who knew each other.
"There is some history, or it happens over weekends when people drink," he said.
Stock theft was down by 1% for 2015/16.