Alexandra remains calm for now

It is unclear whether more violence will occur after election results are announced later.

Cleaning underway in Alexandra where overnight protests saw residents burn ANC offices and a local clinic. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - On Friday night tyres, a toilet and rubbish bins were set alight in 6th Avenue, Alexandra township, and this morning, all that remains is ash and rubble barricading the road.

Watch: Election violence continues in Alexandra

Police said 59 people had been arrested for public violence after the protests spiralled out of control.

A total of 44 people were also detained after police and hundreds of demonstrators clashed outside the local court on Friday.

Tensions flared after members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) made accusations of vote-rigging in the area after ballot boxes were allegedly found at a centre and hidden behind and inside shacks.

Military armoured vehicles are now patrolling the township.

Bags of ballot papers reportedly in favour of the DA were discovered in a park in Lynnwood Ridge in Pretoria on 8 May. Picture:iWitness.

Residents said clashes erupted between police and the group gathered outside the local court.

They said the group was there to show their support for 31 people arrested for torching a building on Thursday night, a case that's been remanded until Monday.

Watch: Alexandra: IEC offices set alight

Police used rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse the crowd.

But members have accused police of using live ammunition. Police have denied these claims.

Army trucks line up before entering Alexandra Township. Violence broke out yet again on Friday 9 May 2014. Picture:Vumani Mkhize/EWN


At the same time, officials say at least three shops were looted during the protests.

The police's Neville Malila says, "Currently Alexandra is calm and under control following protests on Friday afternoon and into the middle of Friday night."

A Mozambican man says the foreigners in the area are concerned about their safety because they are always attacked by locals who start the protests.

"There were a lot of police and protesters were a making a huge mess. I am always scared because they can come, break into my house and cause a fire."

There are only a few police cars patrolling the area, with no sign of any protesters or potential violence.

It's unclear if protesters will regroup later today or if tensions are likely to flare up again when the official election results are announced this evening.

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Meanwhile, National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega, who spoke to Eyewitness News about Friday night's violence in Alexandra had this to say: "Our duty as safety and security operatives is to ensure that where tension come in, we can come in to ensure that we're secure and make it possible for the citizens to exercise their rights."