Former deputy health minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge. File picture: Adrian de Kock

Johannesburg - Spoiling your vote is a valid way of exercising your democratic right, former deputy health minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge said on Tuesday.

“We are doing this out of love for our country,” she told reporters at Wits University in Johannesburg.

“There is a lot going wrong in our country and you can see a lot is going wrong.”

Madlala-Routledge is part of the “Sidikiwe! Vukani! Vote No Campaign” along with other African National Congress stalwarts such as former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils.

It was not a “no vote” campaign.

She said citizens could send a strong message by either voting for a minority party, which would take away from the dominant political parties, or people could spoil their ballot.

“It's about deepening our democracy,” Madlala-Routledge said.

“Use this democratic right for which people died and struggled... instead of sitting in your corner complaining.” - Sapa