Fifty-nine people arrested in S.Africa post-election protests: Police

Fifty-nine people arrested in S.Africa post-election protests: Police
Children play outside the Madala Hostel, on May 10, 2014 in Alexandra township in Johannesburg, one day after the army was deployed to quell violence following elections that returned Nelson Mandela's ANC to power.

JOHANNESBURG - Fifty-nine people were arrested after post-election protests in a Johannesburg township turned violent overnight, a police spokesman said on Saturday.

Police used rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse protestors in the impoverished Alexandra area who had burned tyres and barricaded roads, Brigadier Neville Malila told Reuters.

Alexandra was "calm this morning," Malila added. Earlier, broadcaster eNCA reported the army had been deployed overnight to restore order. It was not immediately clear if the army remained in the area.

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