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Nzimande seals top SACP job

Blade Nzimande was re-elected uncontested for another five years as general secretary for the SACP.

SACP General Secretary Blade Nzimande. Picture: GCIS

RICHARDS BAY - Blade Nzimande was on Saturday re-elected uncontested for another five years as general secretary for the South African Communist Party (SACP).

Jeremy Cronin was also returned as his deputy.

The elections process finished just after 10 a.m. at the party's 13th congress taking place at the University of Zululand in KwaZulu-Natal.

The SACP's revolutionary electoral commission chairperson Eric Mtshali was in charge of proceedings there.

Nzimande accepted the nomination.

The party's new chairperson is National Union of Mineworkers (Num) president Senzeni Zokwana and his deputy is Thulas Nxesi.

Zokwana succeeds former chairperson Gwede Mantashe, who stepped down because of his other role as ANC secretary general.

Mantashe said holding both posts was demanding and called it a "disservice" to not fulfill both positions equally.

Solly Mapaila will take up the new position of second deputy general secretary, and Joyce Moloi-Moropa is the new treasurer.

Mapaila said the party had also adopted changes to its constitution - that saw it create his new position.

None of the positions here were contested.

Officials say that shows there is within the party.

Meanwhile, Nzimande now says the incident in which National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (Numsa) general secretary Irvin Jim's car was followed by a group of armed men was an "honest mistake".

He said security guards for the Durban mayor simply followed the wrong car.

On Friday, Jim told Eyewitness News he had been followed, and that police had told him the men's police identification badges were false and that the number plates on their car were fake.

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