Hani’s legacy declared national heritage site

Hundreds gathered for the ceremony and sang revolutionary songs while waiting for the event to start.

On the 24th anniversary of Chris Hani’s death, April 10, President Jacob Zuma unveiled a plaque at the Chris Hani Memorial and Walk of Remembrance, at the Thomas Nkobi Memorial Park, in Elspark, declaring it a national heritage site.

The unveiling was part of the annual wreath-laying ceremony in memory of the late South African Communist Party (SACP) leader.

Hani was assassinated outside his Dawn Park home, in Boksburg, on April 10, 1993.

The Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department choir lead the crowd in singing the national anthem as President Zuma arrived, and Rev Joseph Maphatsoe blessed the event with a prayer before the president lead the wreath laying ceremony.

In his address, Zuma described Hani as a distinguished freedom fighter and revolutionary who demonstrated, throughout his life, that he lived for his people.

“Hani was an example of what a revolutionary and communist was supposed to be,” said Zuma.

“He believed that our democracy would only be meaningful if it guaranteed equality and access to education, health care, jobs and housing, among other things.

“It is because of such beliefs that we made sure that the constitution affirms the principles of equality, freedom and justice for our people.”

Hani’s widow, Limpho, was among the speakers who took to the podium.

“I refuse to play into the hands of those who ask ‘what would Chris say today?’

“I can’t answer that question, but what I do know is Chris was a loyal, disciplined and responsible ANC cadre,” she said.

She also thanked the metro for their assistance in ensuring the Chris Hani Memorial and Walk of Remembrance became a national heritage site.

The newly appointed minister of police, Fikile Mbalula, and the minister of arts and culture, Nathi Mthethwa, were among the guests and speakers present.

Heavy rainfall prevented the executive mayor of Ekurhuleni, Mzwandile Masina, and other speakers from addressing the crowd and the weather ultimately ended the event early.


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Puleng Sekabate
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