CAPE TOWN Morning clouds. Mild.

7 day
  • Sunday 14-20°c Morning clouds. Mild. Morning clouds. Mild.
    Monday 14-19°c Morning clouds. Mild. Morning clouds. Mild.
    Tuesday 15-21°c Morning clouds. Mild. Morning clouds. Mild.
    Wednesday 16-24°c Sunny. Mild. Sunny. Mild.
    Thursday 16-23°c Sunny. Mild. Sunny. Mild.
    Friday 17-24°c Sunny. Mild. Sunny. Mild.
More News

Tshwane Bishop condemns 'vote no' campaign

2014-04-16 17:00

Johannesburg - The Bishop of Tshwane on Wednesday condemned the "vote no" campaign started by some ANC veterans.

"In the past 20 years of our hard-earned freedom, I have never felt as failed as I am today by the stance taken by former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils and former deputy minister of health Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, of mobilising people to spoil their votes rather than vote for the ANC," the Right Reverend Abraham Thamsanqa Sibiya said in a statement.

Both of them would be unknown had it not been for the ANC, he said.

The "Sidikiwe! Vukani! Vote no!" campaign calls on South Africans to either vote for a minority party, or spoil their ballots.

"If the ANC were to lose three, four percent in this election they'll still be in power, nothing will stop that," Kasrils told reporters at the campaign's launch at Wits University, Johannesburg, on Tuesday.

"But what that signals... is that, my God you guys [ANC] better wake up... you're not going to last for five years, you're losing more and more respect."

Sibiya said former African National Congress leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Walter Sisulu, and Chris Hani would turn in their graves at the mere suggestion that people should spoil their vote rather than vote for the ruling party.

"I call upon all the Christians and all the people of South Africa, to totally ignore the call of Ronnie Kasrils and his company.

"The vote we are exercising we fought for and many even paid the ultimate sacrifice," he said.

The Catholic Church urged people to vote as responsible citizens.

"You will do this by voting and supporting those parties and organisations which work for the good of all our citizens," the Southern African Bishops' Conference said in a statement.

"Vote for political parties whose policies truly serve all our people, especially the poor and vulnerable."

NEW! Explore previous National and Provincial election results with our interactive Results Maps by clicking here.

More In This Category
IEC announces by-election date

The IEC has announced a date for municipal ward by-elections.

ANC Limpopo urges party to rebuild, dismisses early conference talk

The ANC in Limpopo has vowed to reform itself and has urged branches to focus on rebuilding instead of holding an early special conference or consultative conference.

3 more arrests for slain DA councillor, partner

Three more people have appeared in court in connection with the murders of DA councillor Johannes Baatjies and his business partner, the Northern Cape Hawks have said.

ANC 'colluding' MEC in hung councils hits back at IFP

KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube has hit back at the Inkatha Freedom Party which has accused her of working with the ANC to stall processes in hung municipalities.

Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
News24 |   OLX  |  PROPERTY24  |  CAREERS24  |  SPREE  |