Tlokwe: the people will decide
Independent candidate Khotso Ratikoane says the community requested that he stand as an independent candidate. Campaigning and political strife have been intense ahead of the municipal by-elections being held on Wednesday, writes Janet Smith. The ops centre, a shack, blinks silver in the afternoon sun.
That was a week ago, as the vast community of Ikageng township prepared for the crucial by-election being held in the conflicted town of Tlokwe on Wednesday. Campaigning for independent candidate Khotso Ratikoane was intense.
It centred on this small shanty known as Thato’s House, deep in Ward 9 in Dr Kenneth Kaunda district municipality. But the tension that has ruptured the town could not be ignored.
Two years of growing political strife have all but torn it apart. You can’t miss it on a drive through Ikageng.
Asijiki, meaning “no turning back”, is his slogan – and it’s only three weeks old. A week ago, while Ratikoane’s hastily assembled team strategised, there was a huddle outside the Dan Tloome chambers in the middle of old Potchefstroom.
The DA’s executive mayor, Annette Combrink, was all smiles. Wearing a strong pair of black sneakers, patting her hair into place, she stepped outside the government buildings to meet the media.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Star