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Remembering Chris Hani| 26 years on

Today marks 26 years (10 April 1993) since the assassination of fierce apartheid opponent, Chris Hani. Born Martin Thembisile Hani, he was a leader of the South African Communist Party and chief of staff of uMkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress.

Hani is remembered as a hero with physical and moral bravery, compassion and the spirit of Ubuntu – humanity.

On this day the ‘popular hero’ as he returned to his home in Dawn Park (Boksburg), Johannesburg he was assassinated by an anti-Communist Polish refugee, Janusz Walus. With him was his daughter Nomakhwezi, who was then 15 – witnessed his death. This in the run-up of South Africa’s first democratic elections. Nomakhwezi died ‘mysteriously’ 7 years after her father’s passing.

The ‘people’s Hani’s’ death was the darkest time in South Africa. People of the Republic till to this day commemorate the anniversary passing Hani annually – the 10th of April is marked by several events in remembrance of struggle steward, Hani.

Here’s how Bricsjournal.com remembered Chris Hani in 2017: [PHOTO ESSAY] Remembering Chris Hani

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa is today celebrating the struggle hero and has referred to Hani as the President South Africa never had.

 

By: Kgothatso Nkanyane

[PHOTO ESSAY] Remembering Chris Hani

Today marks 24 years (10 April 1993) since the assassination of struggle stalwart Chris Hani. Born Martin Thembisile Hani, he was the leader of the South African Communist Party and chief of staff of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC).

Early last week, Chris Hani’s daughter, Lindiwe Hani released a book titles Being Chris Hani’s Daughter, in which she shares intimate recollections of the 12 years she spent with her father, also opening up about how his untimely death shook the Hani family.

We remember Chris Hani in pictures through some of the highlights in his life.

Secretary General of South African Communist Party (SACP) Chris Hani (L)
and former secretary general Joe Slovo (R) walk together in Soweto on
December 07, 1991. Photo: AFP Photo / Walter Dhladhla

Chris Hani inspect Mk soldiers at an MK rally held at Langa Stadium,Cape
Town,1991. Picture by www.sahistory.org.za.

Chris Hani with President Jacob Zuma. Picture by @MsibiT01 on twitter.

April 1991. Thokoza, South Africa. Charismatic ANC military leader, Chris Hani, appeals to township supporters for an end to violence and to the factional killing, in the run up to first all-race elections.

 

A day forever engraved into the history of South Africa, Chris Hani’s funeral.

April 18, 1993. Soweto, South Africa. Guerillas of the ANC’s military wing, the M.K., carry the coffin of assassinated ANC military chief, Chris Hani, at his funeral