Corruption, unemployment behind ‘Vote No’

Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge says the campaign will give a voice back to ordinary people.

Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Former deputy health minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge has called on South Africans to spoil their votes in the upcoming elections.

She wants people to protest against the ANC, which she says has failed people by not dealing with corruption and escalating unemployment.

Madlala-Routledge says eligible voters should take a stand against the ruling party by voting for smaller political parties.

The 'Vote No' campaign is also supported by former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils.

The project will officially be launched at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

ANC loyalists have slammed the move by the former ministers, labelling them "disillusioned, disgruntled and bitter".

But Madlala-Routledge argues the campaign will give a voice back to ordinary people.

"The ballot is a peaceful way to express your protest, so we're calling on our people to express their protest not by staying away. By staying away, they will help dominant parties retain their power."

Meanwhile, the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) accused Kasrils of "disrupting" and "derailing" the 7 May general elections.

But according to struggle stalwart, the ANC of today was not what it used to be.

He says the campaign takes a stand against fraud and corruption in the ANC-led government.

Adding to the ANCYL's sentiments, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says the campaign is irresponsible and treacherous.