Twenty-seven people, including a minor, arrested in North West for allegedly contravening the Electoral Act, have been released on bail, News24 reports.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone said 20 suspects, who were arrested during violent protests in Ganyesa on Monday, were each released on R1 000 bail by the Ganyesa Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

The minor, who was arrested in Mmadinonyane village near Ganyesa, was released separately into the custody of his parents.

The suspects allegedly torched a vehicle belonging to the Independent Electoral Commission's area manager. They are expected back in the Ganyesa Magistrate's Court on 1 July.

Meanwhile, six people who were arrested on Thursday in Modimong village, in Taung, were also released on bail. They were each granted R600 bail by the Taung Magistrate's Court. The suspects allegedly removed IEC banners erected outside voting stations in the area on Tuesday.

And in Limpopo three people have been released on bail following their arrest for contravening the Electoral Act. SowetanLIVE reports two of the men were granted bail of R5 000 each in the Giyani Magistrate's Court.

Victor Mabundza and Vutomi Maluleke are accused of blocking IEC officials from entering a house where a senior citizen was set to cast her special vote at Guwela village outside Giyani.

The case was postponed to June.

In Vuwani, Arnold Mulaudzi, Pro-Makhado Demarcation Task Team deputy chairperson and its acting spokesperson, was arrested and charged in the Vuwani Magistrate's Court with intimidation and contravention of the Electoral Act. He was released on R5 000 bail and the case was postponed to 3 June.

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