SACP elections should serve as example to ANC on unity - Mapaila

The party held its elections in Boksburg at its 14th National Congress where Solly Mapaila was elected first deputy general.

FILE: SACP first deputy general secretary Solly Mapaila. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Communist Party (SACP)’s new first deputy general secretary Solly Mapaila says that its leadership elections should serve as an example to the African National Congress (ANC) on unity.

The party held its elections in Boksburg on Wednesday night at its 14th National Congress where treasurer-general Joyce Moloi-Moropa retained her position and national chairperson Senzeni Zokwana also remains in his position.

New to the top leadership is second deputy secretary general Chris Mahlako.

Mapaila, who takes over from Jeremy Cronin, says that his predecessor played an important role.

“An outstanding intellectual, actively our oldest member on our central committee. Although he looks younger, when he joined the Communist Party, I was not even born. So, we want to thank him for his contribution within the officials of the Communist Party. Obviously, he will come back into the central committee.”

He also says that the unanimous election results speak to the organisation's unity.

“We hope we can contribute this unity inside our alliance movement, so that we should know that leadership positions come and go and there’s no need to go all out and fight one another over those positions.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)