Chris Hani widow asks for paternity investigation into ‘daughters’

2014-09-06 11:34

The widow of former SA Communist Party general secretary Chris Hani has asked the home affairs department to investigate claims by two women who say they are his daughters.

The department’s director-general Nkuseli Apleni reportedly said in a letter to Limpho Hani that it was investigating the claims by Vanessa Phidiwe Hani and Cleopatra Tunyiswa, the Saturday Star reported.

“I am aware that the case was referred to the department on June 1 2013 and attempts were made to deal with this matter as a criminal matter with police,” the letter reportedly said.

“However, the police matter was not able to proceed as they did not feel they had enough evidence to open a criminal case.”

Apleni said the department’s records show the two women were not related to Chris Hani.

“This is based on documentary evidence they submitted to the department which does not indicate Mr Chris Hani as their father,’ he reportedly said in the letter.

“... I am nevertheless still investigating the matter further and will be contacting the two individuals to appear before the department to assist with further queries relating to this matter.”

Chris Hani was shot and killed in the driveway of his Boksburg, East Rand, home on April 10 1993.

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