ANC councilor decided to turn into an independent candidate to compete with Ramaphosa in his Free State Campaign.
The drama unfolded in Free State during a campaign trail in Free State led by President Ramaphosa, happening in very dysfunctional municipalities. The ANC had a rally for the Matjhabeng local municipality ward 4. Which will be run by Candidate Lerato Mohapi. On the other hand, Stalin Liphoko was having a march outside his house when the presidential convoy drove past. Liphook is not happy for not considering another term. The president ignored his protesting supporters who said they will rise successfully shouting all this in an open field. The president during his address told the ANC supporters that Liphoko will fail flat in his wish of defeating the ANC.
Ramaphosa said that at the rally the ANC will win the ward, and people must reject those who decided to be an opposition and campaign as an independent candidate. He gave Liphoko a downward thumb. The reason Liphoko was not given a second term is that he was asked to step down, it was found out that he has charges of domestic violence. He may be the preferred candidate by the people of Ward four free state but the charges against him will not allow him to be the ANC candidate. Liphoko responded and said the domestic charges were dropped as he and his wife managed to iron the issues between them.
Community members who are against him called Liphoko an unrepentant seasoned Thug who was very hungry for power. On the other side of his house, his supporters were seen dancing outside his house in Meloding in Virginia. Liphoko retaliated when talking to journalists and said he will allow people who know the best candidate to display that outside his home. He continued to say people will make their mark come 1 November. Liphoko told the Journalist that he won against Lerato Mohapi when the two contested and said the ANC does not want a candidate chosen by the community.
The new independent candidate said this supporter chose not to burn tires in protest, but because South Africa is a democratic country they opted for other ways to solve the problem. He said he decided to contest as an independent because the people have spoken, and they have made him their choice, and the cries of people to the ANC fell on deaf ears. Liphoko blamed his sacking having to do with his relationship with suspended Ace Magashule. According to Liphoko, he said the town of Virginia is the biggest in Matjhabeng but experienced candidates are removed and replaced by those who are clueless. He also believes that they are removed as a result of their close association with Ace Magashule.
Those behind Lerato also stood up and declared her as being the best candidate, and blame Liphoko as a criminal who was given a chance but failed to change. They also say the ANC had to take people to the rally in a bid to create support for Mohapi which the ANC discarded as lies. Liphoko was said to have not delivered well to the community, after being a candidate for a full term he failed to deliver. He is described as arrogant and used to shut his gates against people who went to his house seeking help and telling them that he only sees people with appointments. He forgot that people elected him for these services which he now wants to impose appointments in their regards
Many people said he was not removed but he is just a bag of bad news and an outlaw. The people said he has pending cases of domestic violence and a five-year suspended sentence for promoting illegal land invasion, Liphoko is also suspected of the shooting of a community organizer which was the reason for Ramaphosa to be at that ward. Who will the people of Virginia choose as their ward councilor between the ANC and the independent Liphoko, everyone is looking forward to the upcoming elections?
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