Voter education is vital, Mkhize tells ANC volunteers

2014-04-09 00:00

ANC TREASURER-GENERAL Zweli Mkhize yesterday urged the party’s volunteers in Pietermaritzburg to go all out to encourage people to vote on May 7.

“We must ask all to ensure that on May 7, they go to vote for the ANC. Our role is to make the people interested in voting in the elections,” Mkhize told volunteers at a community hall at Sobantu during an election campaign event with the Moses Mabhida regional and local leadership.

Mkhize said voter education should be central to the work of the volunteers, especially teaching people how to cast their votes without spoiling the votes.

“If we have spoilt votes, things will not go well. We don’t want to take a chance,” Mkhize said.

He said the volunteers should have humility at all times if their strength was to translate to a win for the ruling party. Mkhize also told the volunteers that when they campaigned they should explain to the people that while not all promises had been delivered, there was a programme in place to deliver other services.

He was convinced that the ANC would win the elections, and that President Jacob Zuma would lead the government after May 7.

“The ANC is the hope of all the people. It is the only organisation that can fix the problems that are being faced.”

In apparent swipe to the opposition contesting the elections, Mkhize said, “If they want to govern, where did they get the experience?”

Earlier, Deputy Justice Minister John Jeffery said the ANC was the only organisation that could deliver and change the lives of the people.

“We delivered more houses than any other country,” Jeffery said.

During his walkabout and visits to homes in the township, Mkhize greeted, shook hands and hugged people.

In the usual conduct of politicians during campaigns, when meeting elders or entering houses, Mkhize would take off his cap as a sign of respect as well as hold and kiss babies.

He was always ready to pose for photo shoots by the locals using their cellphones. Even at a house where there was a bereavement, family members were seen happily lining up to have their photos taken with the former premier.

At one house Mkhize was asked by an elderly woman who he would vote for. When he responded that it was the ANC, the woman said she would not vote for any other organisation than the ruling party.


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