Mokonyane denies Bekkersdal comments

The premier says she never told Bekkersdal residents the 'ANC doesn't need their dirty votes'.

Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA - Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane has denied that she ever told residents of Bekkersdal on the West Rand that the 'ANC doesn't need their dirty votes', saying the statement was a project of the media.

Speaking to Eyewitness News at the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)'s National Results Operations Centre in Pretoria on Friday evening, Mokonyane categorically denied ever making that statement.

"I was never in a meeting where I said that other than what I read in the media."

She said irrespective, she opted to issue a public apology.

"I still don't know maybe you can tell me in which meeting I said that."

Bekkersdal has experienced a wave of violent service delivery protests in recent months.

At least three voting stations were torched in Bekkersdal on Tuesday night during protests.

Mokonyane said the ANC is paying special attention to the area.

"The urban renewal project is continuing and we are also relocating people from dolomitic areas to areas that are developable."