Ngwako Modjadji
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7 Nov 2013
6:00 am

ANC throw Mokonyane a lifeline

Ngwako Modjadji

Embattled Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane was yesterday given a political lifeline by Gauteng ANC leadership, at least for now, in the wake of her infamous "dirty votes" remarks.

FILE PICTURE: The Minister of Water and Sanitation Ms Nomvula Mokonyane Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Mokonyane came under fire recently for telling the Bekkersdal community that the ANC didn’t want their “dirty votes”. But yesterday the party closed ranks behind Mokonyane, who is a member of the ANC’s national executive committee.

ANC Gauteng secretary David Makhura painted a picture of a harmonious relationship between Mokonyane and the ANC leadership in the province.

“The premier has explained to us what happened and the ANC is satisfied with her explanation,” he told The Citizen exclusively, but refused to be drawn to comment further. “We want to assure you that we are on the same level with government on what is the best way to solve the Bekkersdal issues,” he said.

“We have passed that stage of what happened on that weekend.” He added that the party leadership’s intervention in Bekkersdal was not a damage control exercise but a political intervention.

“We are satisfied with the overall political interventions we have made in various communities across the province that have been affected by violent protests due to a number of issues,” Makhura said.

“Every intervention we make is political. “Our political intervention was aimed at stabilising the area to ensure that schooling is not interrupted and workers are able to go to work.

“We are trying to clear the way so that government can go in to do their work.”

He launched a thinly veiled attack on the Democratic Alliance, saying the ANC campaign for the 2014 general elections was not based on talking to people from buses.

“Our campaign is not media based. The protests are not anti-ANC. “In fact, the protestors want the ANC to intervene in addressing their issues. “The opposition is wishing that the protestors were anti-ANC.

“It is within our capacity to resolve issues that affect communities,” Makhura said, adding that the ANC in the province would win the general elections next year with a 70% victory.