Johannesburg - A call by former intelligence minister
for voters to either not vote for the ANC or spoil their ballots
is "reactionary", the ruling party said on Tuesday.
"The ANC regards this call espoused by the Vote No
Campaign as disruptive, reckless and counter-revolutionary," ANC spokesperson
Jackson Mthembu said in a statement.
"Reactionary statements therefore that call for such
careless behaviour as spoiling ballot papers is tantamount to undermining the
long struggles and the sacrifices of our people."
Kasrils and other ANC stalwarts have been criticised by
the party for their "Sidikiwe! Vukani! Vote Campaign".
Earlier on Tuesday, the group said it was not a "no
vote" campaign - they were calling on people to go to the polls on 7 May
and not vote for the ANC.
Former deputy health minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge,
who was part of the campaign, said citizens could send a strong message by
either voting for a minority party, which would take away from the dominant
political parties, or people could spoil their ballots.
Mthembu said the ANC was confident Kasrils's call would
have no impact on the party or the elections.
"On the contrary, we believe that it will galvanise more
of our people to go out on the 7 May to show Kasrils and ilk that the right to
vote is sacrosanct."
The Workers and Socialist Party (Wasp) said the campaign
was not a solution to anger with the ANC.
"We... appreciate their desire to do something about
it," the Wasp said in a statement.
"But we disagree with the campaign's founding
statement because it does not offer a clear alternative to the ANC or the other
With three weeks to go until the election, it seemed
unlikely that the campaign would build momentum.
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