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Mantashe hits back at 'Vote No' campaign

The ANC secretary general says the campaign will not solve any problems.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC)'s secretary general Gwede Mantashe says former Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils's calls for South Africans not to vote for the ANC is only strengthening the voices of small parties.

Kasrils and former deputy Health Minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge have been criticised for their Vote No campaign, which also calls on voters to spoil their ballots.

Kasrils says the ANC has been his home all his life but he is now calling on South Africans to vote against the ruling party, to stop corruption and fraud.

"We want to say to the party, you are no longer serving the people first and foremost, you are serving yourselves. You've got to end this."

But Mantashe says turning against the party will not solve the problem.

"We must dirty our hands and our shirts, get in there, be hands on and try to go on positively, to change the situation."

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance's Mmusi Maimane has also expressed his disappointment at the campaign by Kasrils and Madlala-Routledge.

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