CCC’s South Africa branch on Monday conducted a “go home to vote” campaign march in Johannesburg to encourage Zimbabweans living in South Africa to return home and register to vote ahead of the upcoming general elections.
Videos that circulated on social media on Tuesday showed CCC members carrying placards and flags, while members of the South Africa Police Services (SAPS) escorted them in Hillbrow, Johannesburg.
In one of the videos, one of the campaigners, who was using a hailer speaker, is heard speaking in Ndebele saying:
Isikhathi sesifikile MaZimbabwean kasambeni siyo vota. Kangene, Kangene umfana. Asambeni siyovota sifuna inguquko (The time has come Zimbabweans, let us go home to vote. The young man (Chamisa) must come into power. We want change).
CCC SA spokesperson Ernest Arnold Chinyuke was quoted by NewsDay as saying:
We want to state that the campaign which happened in Hillbrow was not only there, but was all over SA. As CCC, we are encouraging Zimbabweans to go to register to vote.
This campaign is inspired by the number of Zimbabweans who are in SA. We are close to three million Zimbabweans in SA. Everyone must go back home to vote.
The CCC in every SA district is preparing transport to ferry people to Beitbridge to register to vote.
Due to security reasons, we will not disclose when people will be ferried to register to vote.
The campaign started with 300-plus people but ended up with over 5 000. It made a very serious impact with people expressing keen interest to register to vote.
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) is currently conducting a voter registration blitz which will end on 21 March.
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