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Johannesburg - Fifty-nine people were arrested after post-election protests in Alexandra township turned violent overnight, a police spokesperson 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.