Hani would have played important role - ANC

2013-04-10 08:46

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The ANC paid tribute to former SA Communist Party leader Chris Hani today, the 20th anniversary of his assassination, saying he would have played an important role in government had he survived.

“The ideals he lived for are the ideals that inspire us as we relentlessly pursue the struggle for economic emancipation, non-racialism and a better life for all South Africans,” African National Congress spokesman Jackson Mthembu said in a statement today.

“We take this moment of remembrance as a moment to rededicate ourselves to the course of a greater commitment to complete the task of realising the fullness of our liberation.”

Mthembu said if Hani were alive today, he would have praised the 13 South African soldiers who recently died in the Central African Republic (CAR) in clashes with rebels.

“Comrade Chris Hani would have praised our soldiers who gallantly gave their lives in CAR for a peaceful, better and prosperous African continent,” said Mthembu.

Hani was assassinated by Polish rightwinger, Janusz Walus, outside his house in Dawn Park, Boksburg 20 years ago.

President Jacob Zuma, Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, and Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande were scheduled to speak at the anniversary of Hani’s death in Boksburg today.

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