Ace warns brigade against booze
By Freestate On 11 Jul, 2013 At 12:04 PM | Categorized As News, Provincial | With 0 Comments

Kamogelo Seekoei

FREE State ANC leader Ace Magashule has urged the party’s election campaign volunteers to be disciplined, telling them not to indulge in alcohol or other unbecoming behaviour that could tarnish the image of the party.
The volunteers shall spearhead the ANC’s election campaign next year, going door-to-door to plead with voters to support the party in next year’s general elections.

The ruling party shall also carry out similar door-to-door campaigns in other provinces to drum up support ahead of the poll expected to take place by or before the end of next April.

Magashule, who was speaking at the launch of the Zaccheus Richard Mahabane Volunteer Brigade in Botshabelo last Sunday, said: “Volunteers should not be drunk when embarking on door-to-door campaigns . . . otherwise you will tarnish the image of the party.”
“We do not want volunteers who will disadvantage and discredit the ANC among the people,” he told 11 000 of the volunteers drawn from across the province who attended the Botshabelo event.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, who also attended the event, urged the volunteers to make sure they were knowledgeable about ANC programmes and policies to be able to better defend and explain the party’s record in government.
“Read the resolutions of the ANC because you will meet people who will criticise and insult the ANC and you ought to defend it by knowing what the policies say,” Mantashe said.
“You also need to know the work that the party has done since it came into power in 1994,” he added.

Mantashe urged the party’s provincial leadership to ensure the volunteers were well-versed in the ways of the ANC that they shall serve as ambassadors to voters.

Coordinator of the party volunteers in the province, Tate Makgoe, said the party was looking to have an orderly door-to-door campaign and would tightly monitor the youthful activists as they go around communities campaigning for votes.
“We will know which volunteers we’ll dispatch in which areas,” Makgoe said.
“They will be briefed on what to do and we will seek feedback from people.”

According to figures released by the party on Sunday, it has recruited 30 225 volunteers from across the province.
The Thabo Mofutsanyana region of the ANC recorded the highest number of volunteers at 10 327 followed by Lejweleputswa region at 6 546 and Motheo region at 6 188.

Fezile Dabi region had registered 5 117 volunteers while Xhariep region managed to rope in only 2 047 volunteers.

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