ANC ups election tempo

2014-04-22 00:00

WITH just two weeks before the May 7 elections, the ruling party in KwaZulu-Natal is upping the election tempo.

This is in response to initiatives by some ANC veterans to spoil ballots or vote for minority parties.

The party yesterday launched the Siyavota (We Vote) campaign in Port Shepstone aimed at branding the province in ANC colours with the use of motorbikes, T-shirts and posters as well as encouraging people to vote for the ruling party.

The campaign is expected to be rolled out in other regions such as Harry Gwala, Moses Mabhida, eThekwini and Greater KwaDukuza in the coming days.

The campaign comes against the backdrop of the Sidikiwe! Vukani! Vote No! campaign aimed to spoil ballots or support minority parties to send messages to the ruling party on corruption, economic policies and denial of human rights.

But, ANC provincial spokesperson Senzo Mkhize denied their Siyavota Campaign was a response to the Sidikiwe initiative.

“It is part of our election programme. We can’t go to the election on May 7, yet there is no vibe and enthusiasm,” Mkhize said, adding that the current election vibe and spirit was not to the maximum level the ruling party would have wished for.

“We are not even worried because even South Africans laugh at that. The people we interact with, even at churches, say they will exercise their right to vote,” he said on the Sidikiwe issue.

Mkhize added that the Siyavota campaign followed door-to-door visits and meetings with communities in terms of their election campaign.

“It is not a standalone campaign, but one of the phases of our electioneering. After this we are to have Siyanqoba,” Mkhize said, referring to the victory rallies where the ANC will show its strength in various parts of the country next week.

The KwaZulu-Natal ANC will hold its provincial Siyanqoba rally at Umfolozi College in Eskhawini while the national event will be at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on May 4.

“We think the door-to-door campaign did well to enable us to interact with the people in their communities and homes. We are now doing high profile campaigning,” he added.

The ANC in KZN is hoping to obtain 70% of the vote for the provincial legislature while the IFP and NFP are eyeing the second position as official opposition.

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