“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.
Authorities will be in full force on this Easter weekend and weather experts have warned of a chilly weather in some parts of country.
Political parties in the Mpumalanga province have wished all South Africans a very blessed and joyous Easter weekend.
The ANC in the Mpumalanga province said they remain concerned about the number of fatalities occurring every year during this time.
“We therefore call upon everyone to observe traffic rules, avoid speeding and commuters to be vigilant of drunk drivers and un-roadworthy vehicles transporting our people to their different destinations of worship,” spokeswoman Sasekani Manzini said.
“We request those who will be lowering their heads in supplication to our Messiah this weekend, to remember the ANC in their prayers and pray for its maximum unity and improved ability to service the people of South Africa,” said Manzini.
The Economic Freedom Fighters said they request that road-users behave as they travel from their various homes to churches and were urging all fighters to establish crime combating units to protect communities from the criminals who will want to use the busy weekend to target their innocent preys.
“We also urge community members in particular the youth to also conduct themselves responsible and avoid excessive drinking and use of drugs and the carrying of dangerous weapons,” spokesman Collen Sedibe said.
“The EFF also urges the police and traffic officers to be visible in all crime spots and high accident zone in order to minimise contact crimes and gruesome car accidents,” said Sedibe.
The Bushbuckridge Resident Association asked those who will be commemorating the death of Jesus Christ to remember political parties in their prayers.
“We ask them to pray for us as we all know that these days in South Africa the situation is very bad,” acting secretary Johannes Ndlovu said.
“We wish that church-goers drive safely, have a blessed journey and they must be patient with one another and ensure everywhere they are safe,” Ndlovu said.
ANC provincial chairman David Mabuza will get the BRA President Delta Mokoena, he told scores on Sunday.
The President of the Bushbuckridge Resident Association, Delta Mokoena, must watch out, lest he will be enticed back home by Premier David Mabuza.
Mabuza, in his capacity as ANC Mpumalanga leader, welcomed 3000 BRA members back to the ANC at the Acornhoek stadium on Sunday morning.
One of these members was BRA’s ex-secretary Cleopas Maunye, who is also the party’s only member of the Mpumalanga legislature and who was suspended during a BRA special meeting in February 2017 for “selling out to the ANC” and replaced temporarily by current acting secretary Johannes Ndlovu.
Addressing the mass defection at the Acornhoek sports ground, Mabuza said his next stop now was to go fetch Mokoena.
Without mentioning Mokoena by name, Mabuza said to thunderous applause: “I’m very happy that finally I’m with Cleopas, Cleopas is now next to me but there’s another one who is left, and I’ll get him, I can bet”.
He said he was now happy that the ANC in Bushbuckridge will unite and achieving this was not “an easy journey”.
“It was a painful journey. We have been waiting for this day for some time, we have put out all our efforts into what you are seeing today. This is the big day in the history of the ANC.
“I want to thank comrade Cleopas and the entire leadership that is coming back to the ANC,” Mabuza said.
“This is a beginning of a new chapter, we’re opening a new chapter and I’d like to say to all ANC members who were mistreated and went to form BRA that we never had the opportunity to say sorry.
“You told me everything of how you were mistreated in the ANC and I’d like to take this opportunity and say I’m sorry, on behalf of the ANC in Mpumalanga we apologise,” he said.
The event was attended by Bohlabelo ANC chairman Gillion Mashego, who also addressed the gathering, and provincial chairwoman Violet Siwela and secretary Mandla Ndlovu, amongst others.
BRA is led by Mokoena as President, Daniel Mashigo as Deputy President, him Ndlovu as acting secretary, Netago Mokoena as deputy secretary as well as
treasurer Cecil Shike and won 14 seats in the Bushbuckridge local municipality.
It 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.
Two NGOs are heading to the Tshwane High Court to force government to respect the constitutional rights of people with regard to the air pollution being caused by Mpumalanga’s Sasol and Eskom power plants.