BRA’s Cleopas Maunye ‘selling out to ANC’

The secretary of BRA is accused of selling out to the ANC after allegations surfaced that he was in talks with ANC chairman David Mabuza.


Bushbuckridge Residents Association secretary Cleopas Maunye has been suspended from his party pending a disciplinary hearing.

According to weekend media reports Maunye was suspended during a special sitting in Acornhoek three weeks ago but this has not affected his position as member of the Mpumalanga legislature.

It is alleged Maunye has been speaking to Mabuza for a return to the ANC. He needed to consult members of BRA but Maunye has apparently engaged in the talks alone.

Mabuza has been on an offensive in the last 2 years, wooing members from opposition parties and disgruntled ANC members back into the fold.

In 2015 EFF chief whip in the legislature, Ayanda Tshabalala resigned from her seat and defected to the ANC along with a thousand members from the opposition after talks with Mabuza. And just a couple of weeks ago, at the ANC’s 105 birthday bash, the Mpumalanga strongman stunned many when announced a truce with his adversary, Ronald Lamola.

This strategy is said to be Mabuza trump card to the presidency of the ANC when it goes to its elective conference in December.

BRA was formed in 2011 by ex-ANC members and since then it has been giving the ANC an electoral headache in the Bohlabelo region clinching a seat in the provincial legislature in 2014 general elections and 14 council seats in the Bushbuckridge municipality in the 2016 local government elections.

BRA acting secretary Johannes Ndlovu told 013NEWS on Monday mid-day that  a date when Maunye will appear before a disciplinary hearing is yet to be discussed by party top officials.

“We are still going to sit down and agree on the date,” Ndlovu said.

(edited by ZK)

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