The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in Mpumalanga has condemned the torching of two schools in Siyabuswa, where it held a by-election earlier this week. Three classrooms were burnt at Thabana Senior Phase School and a library at Siyathokoza Secondary School.

A group of people, who were not happy with the by-election results, are blamed for torching the schools. IEC provincial manager, Steve Ngwenya, says the only problem around the by-election they’re aware of, was a letter from an independent candidate complaining that some voters did not have addresses.