'No vote campaign treacherous'

The Defence Minister has lashed out at a campaign which calls for people to spoil their ballots.

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa Nqakula.

CAPE TOWN - Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa Nqakula says a campaign calling on South Africans to spoil their votes is irresponsible and treacherous.

The campaign, supported by former Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils and former deputy Health Minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, aims to persuade people not to vote for the ANC in the upcoming elections or at least spoil their ballot.

But cabinet ministers in the justice and security cluster have slammed the campaign.

The 'vote no' campaign is calling on South Africans to either spoil their ballots or to vote tactically in protest against government policies and corruption.

But Nqakula says it's an irresponsible call.

"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."

Correctional Services Minister S'bu Ndebele agrees.


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 says the ANC of today is not what it used to be and the ' vote no' campaign is to take 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 is trying to derail the process for his own "selfish interest".

"It will cause some damage but we are confident that the work we have put into the election campaign, it won't have much of an impact."