Army deployed to Alex after post-poll violence

An Alexandra resident holds up a rubber bullet following protests in the area on 9 May 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The army has been deployed to the Alexandra following post-election clashes in the township, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane confirmed on Friday.

Earlier in the day, police were forced to use rubber bullets and stun grenades after demonstrations flared up in northern Johannesburg township.

The protests are linked to the 7 May general elections.

Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters and the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) accuse the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and the ANC of vote rigging in the area.

This after ballot boxes were allegedly found at a centre and hidden behind and inside shacks.

Second Street in Alexandra was closed off to traffic on Friday afternoon following alleged clashes between EFF protesters and police.

Police denied claims live ammunition was used on demonstrators.

Residents say clashes erupted between police and a group gathered outside the local court this afternoon who were there to show their support for 31 people arrested for torching a building last night. 

That case was remanded until Monday.