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Susan Booysen Doubts the Success of the “Spoil Your Ballot” Campaign

The African National Congress and the Regeneration of Political PowerMarxisms in the 21st CenturySusan Booysen, author of The African National Congress and the Regeneration of Political Power, does not foresee success for the Vukani Sidikiwe campaign during the 2014 General Elections.

Vukani Sidikiwe, which means “wake up, we are fed up” in isiXhosa, was initiated by Ronnie Kasrils, former Communist Party leader, Vishwas Satgar, co-editor of Marxisms in the 21st Century, and former deputy health and defence minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, who are encouraging voters to spoil their ballots instead of voting for the ANC, or any other party, in order to make their displeasure in the government known.

In an article for IOL earlier this year, Booysen wrote that the ANC urgently needs to “turnaround” its top leadership, but added : “loyalty to the ANC is something that is substantially bigger than the inefficiencies and corruption of some of its current leaders”.

South Africans with an ANC association see the party as akin to a permanent home, and they are the collective owners. The current regime and leaders are temporary residents in this bigger vessel.

The ANC leaders who know about the current popular disdain for the party’s top leadership must also know that it is longer-term suicide to run with top leaders who damage the body of the ANC, even if not obliterating the party’s next election victory.

Speaking to The Telegraph recently, Booysen reiterated her stance:

Susan Booysen, senior political scientist at the University of the Witwatersrand said: “The ANC is planted in a place nobody envisioned 20 years ago.

“I cannot see many ANC voters supporting the Sidikiwe campaign. They will still vote for the ANC in the elections and hope that the current leadership does not represent the totality of the ANC.”

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