Former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils and former health deputy minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge yesterday officially launched the Sidikiwe! Vukani! Vote No! campaign at Wits University, with both suggesting that dissenting voices were no longer tolerated in the ANC of Jacob Zuma.
The ANC has dismissed the campaign, saying: “The ANC is further disappointed by the false statement made by Kasrils that he has raised his disgruntlement with the ANC within the structures of the movement, as would have been expected from someone of his stature.
“At no point were such matters raised within the ANC. This behaviour is typical of Kasrils’ historical adventurism, ill-discipline and recklessness.”
Kasrils and Madlala-Routledge want South Africans not to vote for the ANC or the DA in the May 7 polls but to give their votes to smaller parties.
As a last resort, the Sidikiwe! Vukani! Vote No! campaign asks voters to spoil their ballots as an “acceptable form of protest” if they find none of the parties contesting the elections palatable.
Kasrils also accused Zuma and the ANC head office, Luthuli House, of abusing the intelligence services.
He said he had ordered a review of the country’s intelligence services and a report was tabled at the end of his last term in government – but the government had done nothing about it.
“They don’t want to know anything about that report because they want the intelligence services to be a tool of Luthuli House and of the president,” he said.