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Bekkersdal demands Mokonyane apology

Mokonyane was heckled during protests last month for saying the ANC doesn’t want their ‘dirty votes’.

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane addressed resident of Bekkersdal during service delivery protests in October. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Bekkersdal residents are demanding an apology from Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane and have threatened to boycott this weekend's voter registration drive.

The Premier was heckled by thousands of residents during a service delivery protest in the township last month and subsequently said the African National Congress (ANC) did not need the community's 'dirty votes'.

Broader Westonaria Concerned Residents Association Leader Paseka Ndevu says they want Mokonyane to retract her statements and the residents have threatened to prevent Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) officials from entering Bekkersdal over the weekend.

"There'll be peaceful protests to show that we are not in the mood to register."

Meanwhile, 75 members of the South African National Defence Force will be deployed to maintain law and order during the voter registration drive.