Vote No: Campaign exceeding expectations

The campaign says it is now ready to shock the ANC in the upcoming 7 May elections.

Former Cabinet Minister Ronnie Kasrils and Former Deputy minister of defense Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge have launched the campaign to vote against the ANC at Wits University on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The 'Vote No' campaign on Thursday said the impact it's made among South Africans has exceeded its expectations.

It says it is now ready to shock the ANC in the upcoming 7 May elections.

Former ministers Ronnie Kasrils and Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge launched the campaign at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg earlier in March.

The campaign calls on voters to either spoil their ballots or support smaller parties.

'Vote No' held a meeting at the university this afternoon to report back on its progress.

A number of supporters were present, wearing black T-shirts, dancing and singing songs opposing President Jacob Zuma.

Some miners from the platinum belt have also joined the campaign in calling South Africans not to vote for the ANC.

Madlala-Routledge says she's encouraged that some 'born-frees' have also heeded the call.

The campaign says its success shows South Africans are starting to realise they have a choice and can vote against the current government.

Opponents of the campaign and AgangSA leader Mamphela Ramphele on Thursday urged South Africans not to squander their vote in the upcoming polls.

Speaking to Hammanskraal residents in Gauteng, she said locals must use their right to vote despite the state of politics in the country.

ANC national chairperson Baleka Mbete said those who fought in the struggle for freedom felt insulted by the 'Vote No' campaign, which was spearheaded by her former comrades.