Nomvula Mokonyane’s ‘dirty votes’ comment angers Bekkersdal

2013-10-25 17:38

A comment made by Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane when she addressed the Bekkersdal community, that the ANC doesn’t want their “dirty votes”, has angered protesting residents.

Mokonyane tried to address the angry crowd but they booed her, saying they were “too dirty” for the ANC.

Mokonyane, who was accompanied by community safety MEC Faith Mazibuko, told protesters police would not rest until those who were behind criminal activity had been brought to book.

She said: “People can threaten us and say they won’t vote but the ANC doesn’t need their dirty votes.”

This statement enraged protesters who said it wasn’t the first time they were told they were dirty by an ANC representative.

One woman told Mokonyane the Bekkersdal mayor had publicly insulted them on radio, saying they were dirty.

When Mokonyane tried to apologise to the protesters they told her, “it’s too late to apologise”.

She also urged community leaders to take a firm stand against the lawlessness in Bekkersdal.

Mokonyane subsequently met with community leaders.

Heavily armed police officers were patrolling Bekkersdal last night following violent clashes between protesters and police yesterday.

Mokonyane told the protesters that the police would remain in the area until calms returned.

The residents of Bekkersdal went on a rampage early this week, protesting against poor service delivery. They vandalised municipal buildings and barricaded the streets with burning tyres, rubble and rocks.

» This story was updated after first published.

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