BRA slates ‘opportunist’ Cleopas Maunye

The organisation says his defection to the ANC signifies a leader who is an “opportunist”.


The Bushbuckridge Resident Association has slammed its former secretary who over the weekend defected to the ANC.

Cleopas Maunye left his own organisation on Sunday (2 Apr), leading a group of BRA members back to the ANC at the Acornhoek eHlanzeni FET college sports grounds.

BRA acting secretary Johannes Ndlovu slammed Maunye, saying his whole plan of selling the organisation to the ANC made him a real opportunist.

“You will remember that the reason we suspended him from the organisation was because of the things of him meeting up with ANC people, planning to destroy the movement.

“We were not wrong in our move, look now he has done exactly what we suspended him for,” Ndlovu told the 013NEWS reporter over the phone on Monday evening.

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Maunye was suspended during a BRA special meeting in February 2017 and recalled from the legislature.

His recall from the Mpumalanga legislature was effective from 31 March 2017.

“One thing they must know is that they will never kill BRA.

“BRA remains strong, he was just promised greener pastures and because he’s an opportunist left and betrayed the people of Bushbuckridge,” Ndlovu said.

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He said they are still going to show “the world” how strong BRA is with a march that is to be announced soon.

“He left with his few friends who are also opportunists and the organisation remains even stronger. Their strategy of killing BRA won’t work,” Ndlovu said.

But Maunye said Ndlovu should focus on BRA and leave him alone.

“I have nothing to do with BRA. They are the ones who fired me and now what?” he asked.

He said the reason they wanted him out was because they also wanted the legislature salary.

He said if he was a member of the legislature and didn’t get any salary they were not going to focus their energy on him.

“They also dreamt of the money and I said to myself, ‘let me leave in peace’, they must take their seat and I’ll focus on my own life, than fighting with vigilantes,” Maunye said.

He said all members who knew politics have left BRA and only vigilantes were left there now.

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“They don’t understand politics, they remain disgruntled and that’s what they are,” Maunye said.

He said now he would focus on his being an ANC member and probably use his tertiary qualification to look for work and didn’t care what BRA was saying because he was no longer there.

(edited by ZK)

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