Johannesburg - The South African Communist Party’s deputy chairperson in Mpumalanga, Solomon Khephi Mnguni, has died, the party said on Sunday.

Spokesperson Bonakele Majuba said Mnguni had been ill before his death on Saturday.

“The party has lost a committed cadre of the Mass Democratic Movement in Mpumalanga who served as a shop steward in Cosatu union and led both in the ANC and SACP,” said Majuba in a statement.

At the time of his death, Mnguni was the MMC for infrastructure development at the Thembisile Hani Municipality. - Sapa