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ANCYL accuses Kasrils of troublemaking

Bandile Masuku says Kasrils is trying to derail the voting process for his own 'selfish interest'.

Ronnie Kasrils.

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC Youth League has accused struggle stalwart Ronnie Kasrils of "disrupting" and

"derailing" the elections by calling for South Africans to spoil their ballots in the general elections.

Kasrils said the ANC of today was not what it used to be and the "vote no" campaign takes a stand against fraud and corruption in the ANC-led government.

The youth league's Bandile Masuku says the former intelligence minister was one of the men who fought for everyone to be able to vote but now he was trying to derail the process for his own "selfish interest".

"It will cause some damage but we're confident the work we put into the elections campaign won't have much of an impact."

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa Nqakula comments that the campaign calling on South Africans to spoil their votes is irresponsible and treacherous.

"After all of that work and all of the resources which we've been spending in educating and empowering our people I think to come out and say people should go and spoil their votes is very irresponsible."

Earlier, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said the call by Kasrils was only strengthening the voices of small parties.