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Zuma campaigns in Athlone

The president celebrated his 72nd birthday by campaigning in Athlone.

FILE: The president celebrated his 72nd birthday with the ANC’s election campaign in Athlone at the weekend. Picture: Sebabatso Neo Mosamo/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - It was a busy weekend for politicians, as electioneering continued across the country.

President Jacob Zuma celebrated his 72nd birthday on the African National Congress (ANC)'s campaign trail in Athlone, Cape Town this weekend.

Around 70 voting stations will be running in the area on 7 May.

Zuma dedicated a large part of his speech to the importance of the coloured vote while addressing onlookers at Vygieskraal Stadium.

He said the Western Cape was in need of a party that would accommodate the coloured culture.

"The Western Cape needs a government that will treat the people equally. Enough is enough with the neglect of predominantly coloured and African areas."

Meanwhile, the ruling party's secretary general Gwede Mantashe spent the weekend electioneering in Soweto.

'VOTE NO'

Disillusioned ANC stalwarts said there's been a regression in South Africa's democracy.

Former Deputy Health Minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge and former Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils are urging South Africans to spoil their votes at the upcoming elections.

Their 'Vote No' campaign will be officially launched in Johannesburg this week.

Madlala-Routledge says it's in protest against corruption.

"With the recent leadership under the ANC we feel disillusioned. We're saying voters should do one of two things; they should use their democratic right, take their ballot paper and write 'no' across it."