The SACP in the Gert Sibande region of Mpumalanga has been robbed of two district executive committee members following the death of parliamentarian Nokhaya Mnisi and Nomthandazo Karube.
The party says the ex-BRA secretary is quite an experienced politician and his skills are needed in the region.
Ex-secretary of the Bushbuckridge Resident Association who defected to the ANC just three months ago is now a member of the ANC regional executive committee in the Bohlabela region.
013NEWS understands that Cleopas Maunye was co-opted on Tuesday last week.
This follows a regional elective congress about four weeks ago that saw ANCYL provincial leader Tim Mashele elected into the Bohlabela ANC REC.
“Well, comrade Cleopas is very experienced,” regional secretary Follas Sibuyi said this week.
“Remember he was a member of the ANC,” he said.
“We felt that let’s co-opt him in order to utilise his experience in the ANC,” said Sibuyi.
Maunye, who was the only member of BRA in the Mpumalanga legislature, was suspended from BRA in February 2017 after allegations surfaced that he was in talks with ANC leaders for a mass defection.
Stripping him of his secretary position and replacing him with Johannes Ndlovu, BRA also recalled him from legislature with effect from the last day of March 2017 but then Maunye defected to ANC on 2 April 2017.
BRA was formed in 2011 by former ANC members, including Maunye and its leader Delta Mokoena.
(edited by MLM)
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