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ANC positive about voter turnout

2011-05-16 20:31

Johannesburg - ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe put his "neck on a block" on Monday and predicted that voter turnout in Wednesday's local government election will exceed that of the 2006 polls.

"It's going to be better than 48%... because I've been there, we've talked to people, we have a sense of the mood," he said at a meeting with political journalists and editors.

"Our [the ANC's] support on the white vote is going to increase," he said.

Voter apathy was a concern ahead of the municipal election, with South Africans generally focusing more on national polls.

There was a 48 percentage poll in the last local government election.

The Independent Electoral Commission has launched a "Love your SA" campaign to get more people to vote.

Mantashe's said the "mood" this year was "close to that of the national election". "The turnout's going to be better this time," he said.

He said the ANC's election campaign had been a "good" one, and that the party had been to "every corner of the country" to drum up support.

The ANC wrapped up its campaign with a rally at FNB Stadium on Sunday. It drew a crowd of 91 000.

Monday's meeting was called to discuss the party's campaign, but was dominated by debate over the media's coverage of the ANC ahead of the May 18 polls.

Tampering

Mantashe lashed out at the media over its coverage of the election.

"For a big part of this campaign, we had to swim against the media," he said, adding that for much of the campaign, the ANC had had to "rise" against the media.

He said journalists in the print media had "couched analysis as facts".

The electronic media had repeatedly shown negative images, without mentioning the positives.

"You stage-manage the message that comes out on electronic media," Mantashe said.

Journalists raised their own concerns, saying the ANC needed to manage its communication better.

Mantashe responded that if the ANC tried to manage the media better, the media would "cry control".

Citing editorials in two newspapers, which Mantashe did not name, he said they either "viciously" attacked the ANC or said nothing at all about the party.

He also criticised the media for "tampering" with ANC messages, saying the media felt it had a "monopoly of wisdom to know what society wants to hear".

"The media, for God's sake, must not tamper with our messages... give us a blackout rather," he said.

Earlier in the campaign, the ANC questioned the timing of certain stories published in the mainstream press, including reports on a plot by senior ANC members to oust President Jacob Zuma.

Comments
  • World Traveler - 2011-05-16 21:32

    Mantashe is attaching the press. Bad move! It will bite him on the bum!

      JuluisMalema - 2011-05-17 07:38

      The Leaders of the country supports the police because they are also just as corrupt. The ANC and Police are proud sponsors of crime and corruption and also start killing since 1994. If you vote ANC you also support cime, corruption and murdering. If you are fed up and want change start changing your vote, if not go on support murdering, crime and corruption.......

      JuluisMalema - 2011-05-17 09:14

      Who is steeling all the money, for party's, cars and houses, all the black ANC Leaders. And where is poverty most popular? Yes in black town ships, meanwhile the black leaders and all their friends and family are well off and only looking after them selfes. Poverty increased rapedly after 1994, Apartheid controlled all of that. Apartheid was wrong i know that but get over it, it is gone now and will not happen again, revenge is also wrong. Do not stare blind at the past, look at what is happening in SA now, only a few are benifiting from the ANC. Poverty and job losses increased rapidly since the ANC ruled. Long grass along main road are a common site which was never a case when the NP ruled. Johannesburg roads and sidewalks was tidy and neat all the way under the NP, but what does the streets look like now days. Yes apartheid was wrong i know that I agree 100%, but do you think this is any better now? I do not think so, read the bible about apartheid and about what is happening now in SA there are alot of pieces in the bible about that, but you have to read with an open mind, because there is not spicific pieces about apartheid and revenge, just use an open mind and think alot.

      JuluisMalema - 2011-05-17 10:04

      Voting For the ANC, Is like a Chicken voting for KFC!!!!!!! Isn't it funny how all the lamposts with Jacob Zuma's picture on them look like Shower Heads....

  • World Traveler - 2011-05-16 21:37

    Mantashe is attacking the press. Bad move! It will bite him on the bum! (Made is small typo there!) The anc is running scared! The knives will be out after the elections! Heads will roll (Ha! Ha!) and no turn will be left unstoned! (Not a typo!)

  • Zonda - 2011-05-16 23:20

    What the ANC and Malema does not tell you - Truely shocking stats on SA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFDfYJdRZfM

  • JuluisMalema - 2011-05-17 07:38

    The Leaders of the country supports the police because they are also just as corrupt. The ANC and Police are proud sponsors of crime and corruption and also start killing since 1994. If you vote ANC you also support cime, corruption and murdering. If you are fed up and want change start changing your vote, if not go on support murdering, crime and corruption.......

      JuluisMalema - 2011-05-17 09:14

      Who is steeling all the money, for party's, cars and houses, all the black ANC Leaders. And where is poverty most popular? Yes in black town ships, meanwhile the black leaders and all their friends and family are well off and only looking after them selfes. Poverty increased rapedly after 1994, Apartheid controlled all of that. Apartheid was wrong i know that but get over it, it is gone now and will not happen again, revenge is also wrong. Do not stare blind at the past, look at what is happening in SA now, only a few are benifiting from the ANC. Poverty and job losses increased rapidly since the ANC ruled. Long grass along main road are a common site which was never a case when the NP ruled. Johannesburg roads and sidewalks was tidy and neat all the way under the NP, but what does the streets look like now days. Yes apartheid was wrong i know that I agree 100%, but do you think this is any better now? I do not think so, read the bible about apartheid and about what is happening now in SA there are alot of pieces in the bible about that, but you have to read with an open mind, because there is not spicific pieces about apartheid and revenge, just use an open mind and think alot.

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  • Vktt - 2011-05-17 10:15

    Great confidence to Mr Gwede Mantashe. Theres no party who can beat the ANC in the next local election. Great improvement in terms of service delivery, Employment equity, and as well as the social grants for adults. According to my view i think ANC will rule for the next coming years if im not mistakenly wrong.

  • greentomato - 2011-05-17 11:23

    Ja, we are turning out, but not for the ANC!

  • anthro45@24.com - 2011-05-17 12:11

    The only positive thing about the ANC is their HIV/AIDS status.

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