|Solly Mapaila (left) with former General Secretary Blade Nzimande.|
Solly Mapaila, who served as the second Deputy General Secretary from 2012 to 2017, replaces Blade Nzimande as the new General Secretary of the South African Communist Party (SACP) following a vote by the 15th National Congress.
Mapaila has expressed vocal opposition against corruption and was among the leaders who called former South African President Jacob Zuma to resign before the end of his term.
Nzimande, the Party's long-time General Secretary since 1998 was elected Chairperson.
The National Congress elected Madala Masuku as first Deputy General Secretary, while David Masondo was elected second Deputy Secretary.