ANC: Tone it down in the suburbs

2008-10-01 00:00

Johannesburg — It works, but don’t do it in the suburbs.

The ANC election manual for 2009 says: “Loud hailing [to win votes] could be very effective, but it’s not a good idea to use it in the suburbs”.

The 68-page manual contains guidelines from Luthuli House to members at grassroots level on recruiting voters for the next general election. Beeld has obtained a copy of the manual.

ANC president Jacob Zuma writes in the foreword that the party should do everything in its power to ensure a significant victory, including involving church leaders, headmasters, cultural leaders and sport stars.

A megaphone or loudspeaker mounted on a car is an effective way of informing people, the ANC says. But, the organisation warns, some party members turn into pop stars or clowns once they have a megaphone in hand. They only “waste money and irritate voters”.

The manual also says members should not drive flashy cars when canvassing votes for the ANC, should not lean out of car windows and should not make remarks about others — especially not about women.

The ANC has divided its campaign into four phases and plans to establish at least three levels of recruitment committees.

The first phase started last month and will continue until January 8 — the party’s anniversary. The second phase will end three weeks before the elections.

During the last three weeks, the ANC will increase house visits and put up posters on lamp posts.

In the election week, members should ensure that every voter who intends voting for the ANC gets to a voting station.

According to the manual, it can be difficult to get people to attend meetings. The solution is to hand out pamphlets at churches, places of employment, schools, stokvels and funeral associations.

ANC recordings could also be played on the music systems in minibus taxis.

Finally, the manual says party members should unite factions, otherwise the morale of volunteers could suffer.

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