Fears of fresh protests in Alex

The army was called into the area late Friday following clashes linked to the 7 May polls.

Rubble litters 6th Avenue in Alexandra following violent protests on 9 May 2014. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - There are fears of fresh protests erupting in Alexandra this evening once the official election results have been announced.

Last night, the army was called in to quell tensions between police and protesters in scenes that were described as a war zone.

Protesters tried to set a building alight and barricaded streets with burning tyres and rubble.

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

Fifty nine people were arrested for public violence after protests spiralled out of control.

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

The aftermath of violent protests in Alexandra on 10 May 2014. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) claim that South Africa's fifth democratic general elections on 7 May were rigged.

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

EFF and IFP members in Alexandra are demanding a re-vote, saying protests will continue if their demands are not met.

This raised concerns about another possible protest in the area this evening, despite police saying they are closely monitoring the situation.

The situation today has been calm but foreign nationals in the area fear for their lives, saying they are always targetted when there is tension.

A Mozambican man told Eyewitness News locals are out of control and have even started attacking foreign nationals.

The situation r emained calm today but it's unclear if the army will be deployed to the area again if protesters decide to regroup.

Those arrested overnight for public violence will be appearing in court on Monday.

Residents were there to show their support for 31 people arrested for torching a building on Thursday night.

That case was remanded until Monday.

The building torched housed ANC councillors, an Independent Electoral Commission office and a clinic.

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

But residents have accused police of using live ammunition.

Police denied the claims.