Army Deployed in Alexandra Protest Zone Over South Africa Post Election Chaos

South Africa deployed the SANDF to quell post election violence Alexandra, an area rocked by violent protests over election results.

The government sent military troops to a black township to stop post-election protests which disrupted peace in the area.

59 people were arrested for public violence after being involved in post election violence though violent protests are often over lack of access to running water or electricity – are common in South Africa’s impoverished black townships, although military intervention has been rare.

On Friday, police used rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse demonstrators.

Police say protesters burnt tires and barricaded roads in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg.

Government deployed SANDF to back up the police when protesters become aggressive overnight.

Voting was peaceful at thousands of polling stations nationwide.

 

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