Another school torched in Malamulele

Police say the school was set alight during the early hours of this morning.

FILE. Police say the school was set alight during the early hours of this morning. Picture: Free Images.

JOHANNESBURG - Another school has been torched in Malamulele a day after the academic year finally began in the troubled Limpopo township.

The 2015 academic year began on Tuesday after residents agreed to suspend their six-week lock down.

Police say the school in the Xigalo village was set alight during the early hours of this morning.

It's unclear whether the fire was caused by protesters who've been demanding their own municipality.

The police's Ronel Otto says patrolling officers noticed smoke coming from the high school building around 5am this morning.

"When they rushed there they found that a section of the school was on fire. At this stage it looks like it might be either a library or a store room as it seems to be full of books. At this stage the cause of the fire is not yet know, obviously it will be investigated."

SCHOOL DAMAGE

The Basic Education Department earlier this week said it's appointed a team of engineers to assess the damage caused at four schools that were set alight during violent protests in the area.

Government has agreed the community can resubmit their application to have their own municipality next month after the Municipal Demarcation Board refused their earlier request, saying they hadn't met the necessary requirements.

The department will also implement a 'catch-up plan' to ensure pupils are able to recover lost time.