School, shop set alight in area beset by municipality friction

News24 correspondent

Makhado - A school and shop were set alight at Masakona village in Limpopo, allegedly by a group opposing government's plan to include them under a new municipality.

Police said four mobile classrooms and three fixed classrooms at Rasikhuthuma Secondary were set alight on Friday evening.

A group also targeted the shop of man suspected of backing the new municipality.

Police spokesperson Ronel Otto said they were investigating arson and public violence.

Some residents were angry about the decision to create a new municipality in the area, which will include Makhado (under which Vuwani falls) and Malamulele.

A group protested on Friday by blockading roads and pelting police vehicles with rocks.

Then they marched on the streets demanding that government reverse its decision to encompass them under the new Vhembe district.

Electoral Commission of South Africa voters’ registration centres remained closed in the area.