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.

SEE ALSO: Cleopas Maunye ‘selling out to ANC’

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.

SEE ALSO: Mabuza was using Robert Gumede in failed ANC-BRA talks

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.

SEE ALSO: ‘Finally I’m with Cleopas, I’ll get Delta’ – Mabuza

“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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‘Finally, I’m with Cleopas, I’ll get Delta’

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.

SEE ALSO: Cleopas Maunye ‘selling out to the ANC’

Maunye had also been asked by a BRA Task Team to step down as member of the legislature, something he told them he would do at the end of March 2017.

But on Sunday (2 Apr), Maunye led 3000 BRA members back to the ANC.

'Finally, I'm with Cleopas, I'll get Delta'

Mabuza (L), Maunye (C) and Bohlabela chairman Gillion Mashego (R). PICTURE:  Supplied

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”.

SEE ALSO: Mabuza was using Robert Gumede in BRA talks

“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.

(edited by MLM)

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