The South African government is using an unlikely cast of cutely dressed cartoon squirrels to promote upcoming elections.
The $2-million television and newspaper campaign urges South Africans to “make it happen by voting for the candidate of your choice on Oct. 26,” the date of the first simultaneous local elections for all races.
Anglican Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu and other critics of South Africa’s apartheid regime have urged people to boycott the vote.
“Some people do not want these elections,” declares one bushy-tailed character in the advertisements. “That’s stupid,” replies another squirrel.