Alex protesters granted bail

The EFF says it will cover the bail costs for its members who were arrested last week.

An Alexandra resident holds a rubber bullet fired by police during a violent demonstration at the Alexandra Magistrates Court on Friday 9 May 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Around 70 supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) arrested for public violence last week have received bail.

The suspects, who were arrested in Alexandra, each received bail of between R300 and R500 in the Randburg Magistrates Court on Monday.

They were arrested following violent protests over allegations of vote rigging in the northern Johannesburg township.

EFF and IFP members claim South Africa's fifth democratic general elections on 7 May were rigged after ballot boxes were allegedly found at a centre, and hidden behind and inside shacks.

Protesters demanded a re-vote.

They last week burnt tyres, barricaded streets and tried to set buildings alight.

The aftermath of violent protests in Alexandra, northern Johannesburg which took place on 9 May. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

More than 100 people were subsequently arrested for public violence.

On Friday evening, the a rmy was deployed to the township to restore calm after violent clashes between protesters and police.

There were also reports of violence on Saturday night.

Monday's case was moved to Randburg for security and space reasons.

The packed courtroom breathed a collective sigh of relief as the magistrate released the accused on bail.

Due to space constraints in the courtroom, the accused were brought out in two separate groups.

The first group was granted bail of R500 on a charge of public violence.

The more serious charge of arson and malicious damage to property is still being investigated against them.

Police are still analysing video footage from the night an Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) office was petrol bombed.

Outside court, EFF supporters broke into song when they heard of their comrades' release.

The party said it would cover the costs of the bail.