Johannesburg - The Anglican Archbishop called on his
congregation to use their right to vote, amid a campaign to spoil ballot
"Too many people have suffered and died for us to
stay away from the polls out of apathy," said an excerpt from Archbishop Thabo
Makgoba's Easter sermon at St George's Cathedral in Cape Town on Sunday.
"... I want to make a call to all Anglicans in our
country to exercise their hard-earned privilege and right to vote. After
prayerfully reflecting on the party you want to vote for, please go to the
polls and vote.
"And vote we must: too many people have suffered and
died for us to stay away from the polls out of apathy."
He said there would be "dozens" of parties to
choose from and urged people to examine their policies and their behaviour.
"Above all, let us engage with our consciences and
be guided by these rather than by fear and blind loyalty when we make our mark
on the ballot paper."
Ronnie Kasrils, an ANC anti-apartheid activist and former
government minister stirred debate this week when he suggested spoiling ballot
papers after voicing concerns over the performance of the ANC.
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