Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has described Ronnie
Kasrils's spoil-your-ballot campaign as a "very funny thing", SABC radio news reported on Wednesday.
Zuma told the state broadcaster he hoped he would get an
opportunity to talk to the former intelligence minister and African National
Congress stalwart about the campaign he launched on Tuesday.
Zuma said the ANC, including Kasrils, had fought hard for
the right to vote.
"He himself fought for the right for people to vote and
people have got a right to vote in any other way. It’s a very funny view that
he has. He was not just a comrade to me - he was a friend, but I think over the
years he has drifted to some world that I don’t understand.
"Maybe at some point I'll have an opportunity to meet
him and engage him. He knows I can
engage and I know he can engage as well," Zuma said.
The "Sidikiwe! Vukani! Vote 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 launch at Wits University in Johannesburg.
"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."
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