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Mantashe: Higher turnout than 2006

2011-05-16 12:47

Johannesburg - Voter turnout in Wednesday's local government election will exceed that of the 2006 polls, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe predicted on Monday.

"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 told media at a discussion in Bryanston, Johannesburg.

He added, however, that he was putting his "head on a block".

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

The Independent Electoral Commission also launched the "Love your SA" campaign to get people to votes. Turnout at the last two local elections was reportedly at 48%.

Mantashe's assessment of the "mood" was that it was "close to that of the national election".
"The turnout's going to be better this time."

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

The ANC wrapped up its campaign with a rally at the FNB Stadium on Sunday, which drew a 91 000-strong crowd.
 

Comments
  • Marcell - 2011-05-16 12:55

    Rocket scientist?

      Theuns - 2011-05-16 14:23

      WHEN YOU GO TO VOTE ON WEDNESDAY 18th MAY, PLEASE TURN YOUR BALLOT PAPER OVER, AND IF IT IS NOT STAMPED, PLEASE ASK FOR ANOTHER ONE, BECAUSE WHEN THEY COUNT THE VOTES, ALL THE BALLOT PAPERS WITH NO STAMP ON THE BACK WILL BE DESTROYED. IT IS A CAMPAIGN TO GET LESS OR NO VOTES IN THE NON -ANC AREAS. THIS WAS IN THE SUNDAY TRIBUNE!!!!

  • watalife - 2011-05-16 13:01

    He predicts a higher turnout and yes its true, what he will not tell us is that the higher the turnout the more votes for the DA...hehe

  • kingswing69 - 2011-05-16 13:04

    yes , to make sure the ANC dont win cause of the kak service

  • paulf - 2011-05-16 13:04

    I don't beleive a word this man spews, it's like venom!!!

  • Marcell - 2011-05-16 13:12

    Every corner but not every open toilet.

  • Nintendo - 2011-05-16 13:20

    and in large numbers they turned out not to vote for ANC or DA but to vote for a non racial democratic south africa that is free of misadmin and corruption, as they voted they remembered those who laid down their lives so they could have freedom to vote, those that died in prisons on the borders and those who continue to die senselessly everyday, a new dawn beckoned and south africa was truly free at last....

  • anthro45@24.com - 2011-05-16 13:26

    Mantassie, you are senseless. How did you make this calculation, or must I ask, who made it for you?

      Shistirrer - 2011-05-16 14:30

      This is democracy African style. The ANC already has the results and voter turnout for every ward in the country.

  • Capensis - 2011-05-16 13:28

    BlackA.sehole - why dont you go and join ZanuPF - you and Bob clearly think on identical lines - and once everything is yours, nothing will function and the masses will starve - but hey, whats a minor detail like that when there's a nation's riches for your kind to plunder.

  • Gooi die klippe - 2011-05-16 13:28

    @ANCBlackdemon - Tell them how you black people are tell all of them just how right they where all the time. You are a disgrace to your culture and skincolour. It would be nice if you could brush your hair in the morning without having to struggle to get the hairbrush untangled, won't it.

  • Mchana - 2011-05-16 13:29

    The ANC will crash all of you and you'll be back to all your little miserable racist corners when we are done with you.

      DieBaas - 2011-05-16 14:26

      you mean crush! but thats what you get for going to school under a tree

      DeonL - 2011-05-16 14:37

      I hope too that they(ANC) crash out, Ha Ha.

  • Lump of coal - 2011-05-16 13:33

    Imagine how nice this country could be without people !!!!

  • Buntu - 2011-05-16 13:39

    People at the top of a power pyramid never feel the pain of people below them.All they do is exploit that pain for their own advancement.ANC and our Government are no different.During an election year they try to act like they are in tune with the burden of the average South Africans. However,the only time a common citizen can really find ANC sympathy is during and Election year after the Elections you are on your own.

  • WeCanDoBetter.co.za - 2011-05-16 13:45

    @ everyone, the first edition of the online publication WeCanDoBetter has just been released. We have some very interesting articles included. If you would like to comment more comprehensively on issues such as this submit an article with us. Visit the site: www.wecandobetter.co.za

  • Papsak - 2011-05-16 13:50

    @Bambie. Were you dropped on your head when you were small? Please check with mommy and daddy, I sense something wrong with you. FYI, our IEC is mong the best in the whole world.

      CraigColinRoyMcLeod - 2011-05-16 14:56

      That is a load I have seen IEC officials who are ANC supporters stuffing in ballots at the end of a voting poll day. Please this is africa the only thing we are the best at the world at is rape.

  • Candice Gardner - 2011-05-16 13:54

    The only reason he 'knows' the figure in which voting numbers will increase is because he's hoping that those ppl that received the extra/fake ID documents will actually turn up at the polling stations. Our Tea lady at work has had her future ruined due to that stint the last time around...

  • Chang Yi - 2011-05-16 13:59

    @ ANCblackangel, The turn out of more ANC supporters is definitely going to send the DA to their grave...they must be buried in sea like Osama bin Laden come this Weds...Surprisingly, the whites moan about that ANC has failed it's people yet they have never been to the townships to see what the ANC has done for it's people...They simply ignore ANC's achievements and focus on what it hasn't done...I would rather suffer in the hands of the corrupt ANC (as u put it) than to suffer in the hands of the racist DA...Period!!!! We are going to have a victory celebration party right at the Camps Bay beach this weekend!!!!!DA losers you are welcome!!!!

      Maki - 2011-05-16 14:03

      Id love to be there, we wil be celebrating our victory in Mid Vaal. Doubt any DA supporters will join us there !!

      Gooi die klippe - 2011-05-16 14:06

      Ja, ok, are you mad because you are not classified as white anymore, shame. Seems like the ANC mentality doesn't change, doesn't matter if you are black or yellow.....funny, isn't that also your flag colour. Rather go back to Taiwan...ninja!

      REVO - 2011-05-16 14:12

      Please why don’t you contribute something to society ie "THE WORLD" then you can say you've achieved something, but what innovation have you brought to date?....thought so!! Please shut your pie hole and let the thinking be done by someone other than you!!

      REVO - 2011-05-16 14:14

      Please why don’t you contribute something to society ie "THE WORLD" then you can say you've achieved something, but what innovation have you brought to date?....thought so!! Please shut your pie hole and let the thinking be done by someone other than you!!

      Derek - 2011-05-16 14:55

      How on earth can you call the only truly multi-racial party racist, for goodness sake. The racism, insults to the DA and particulary patriotic white citizens by the anc has been mind boggling! And yes the DA and whites HAVE acknowledged anc achievements but not the current ongoing corruption, theft (2 billion in the E. Cape alone) racism,and untruths. Read up about the DA and their predecessors, the Progressive Party ( Helen suzman, Van Zyl Slabbert) and you will see they were anti-apartheid. When I worked for them in the past I was insulted by white racists and now, yet again we are being insulted but this time by black racists. Oh well, you can't win them all!

      Shistirrer - 2011-05-16 15:12

      Maki, the only ANC supporters with champagne in Midvaal this weekend will be the waiters at the DA victory celebration party.

  • Capensis - 2011-05-16 14:00

    Ahh ANCBlackpoopal - now I get it - you are taking the piss. Sorry for being dense...Ha Ha Ha..nice one...you almost had me going with your provocative drivel..master of the universe, 350 years... and all that. Look forward to more of it...its been a boring Monday up til now!

  • The Unknown - 2011-05-16 14:39

    Let's educate the dumb masses and tell them that a cross on the paper means that they do not want that party. Rather put a tick in its place, that means that that party is "sharp"

      Shistirrer - 2011-05-16 15:10

      ...or, if they don't like the DA, put a small cross next to the DA. If they like the DA very much, put a BIG cross next to the DA.

  • SeMaarNet - 2011-05-16 14:39

    I think I am likely to run into you at the polling station, it won't be a face to face meeting but it'll be my truck running into your sorry ass...you won't see it coming either because of your hind sightedness...

  • psydomx - 2011-05-16 14:56

    Must have cost a fortune in chicken and t-shirts

  • WeCanDoBetter.co.za - 2011-05-16 15:37

    @ everyone, the first edition of the online publication WeCanDoBetter has just been released. We have some very interesting articles included. If you would like to comment more comprehensively on issues such as this submit an article with us. Visit the site: www.wecandobetter.co.za

  • maseratifitt - 2011-05-16 16:24

    Agree. 70 million ballot papers have been printed for 23 million voters. 40 million are already ready to be counted.

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