- Scandal is made as ANC mayor of Dihlabeng in the Free State calls president Ramaphosa a sell out on Facebook
- The mayor was involved in a heated social media debate with some ugly name-calling
- Mayor Makhalema wasn't available for comment on the now famous incident
The mayor of Dihlabeng Municipality in the Free State has publicly called President Cyril Ramaphosa a "sellout".
Social media has been buzzing since photos showing mayor Lindiwe Kambule Makhalema referring to the president as the "biggest stinking sellout she knows".
Naturally people responded to her remark and a debate started on Facebook. According to a report by The Citizen, the mayor did not look like she was going to apologise any time soon.
The now infamous incident happened on a verified ANC Facebook group. It is an exclusive group and it's not open to every Thabo, David and Harry.
You have to be a true loyal ANC supporter to be accepted into the group, which is about 80 000 strong.
It started when one member of the group asked jokingly who the other members considered a sellout. Makhalema gave a short and to the point answer:
This was of course taken with much indignity and anger, as well as deep disappointment that a fellow ANC member would say something like this.
A heated discussion followed Makhalema's single-word reply and she made it clear that she was not planning to apologise or withdraw what she said.
When her response was shared in another group by user Majola Charles, evidently in praise of her leadership, it led to a series of heated exchanges in which Makhalema made it clear she was not about to withdraw the comment.
Mkhulu Mbele, a member of the group, told Makhalema that he was disappointed in her actions and that she was not acting like someone of her standing should.
Another group member, Shirley Machogo told Makhalema that she was playing with fire by saying what she did.
Someone will soon be jobless here.
The mayor replied by saying she did not recall hiring a VIP protector for Facebook.
Things got more heated as Machogo brought up the alleged involvement of Makhalema in the scandal revolving around the ex-Free State premier Ace Magashule.
Makhalema responded by saying Machogo is a devil worshipper and stating that she had nothing to lose and did not care anymore.
Briefly.co.za has learned that Makhalema is an avid and loyal supporter of Jacob Zuma.
Unfortunately, mayor Makhalema wasn't available for comment on the incident.
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