Offensive statues should be placed in apartheid parks - Nzimande

2015-04-10 14:40
Students walk past a statue of British colonialist Cecil John Rhodes at the University of Cape Town. (Schalk van Zuydam, AP)

Students walk past a statue of British colonialist Cecil John Rhodes at the University of Cape Town. (Schalk van Zuydam, AP)

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Boksburg - SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande says apartheid parks should be created where offensive statues should be moved and used to educate South Africans about their history.

Nzimande was speaking at the 22nd anniversary of Chris Hani's assassination in Boksburg.

Hani, SA Communist Party leader and chief of staff of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MKMVA)‚ the armed wing of the African National Congress was assassinated on this day in 1993.

"We welcome the debate about the symbols of colonial and apartheid oppression," Nzimande said.

"What we do not agree with is the smashing of statues.

"We must remove those statues that are offensive statues and create apartheid parks where you can go through and explain one by one who they are."

Nzimande also called on South Africans not to attack people from the rest of Africa.

Clive Derby-Lewis was convicted of conspiracy to kill Hani by providing the gun that Polish immigrant Janusz Walus used to kill Hani in the driveway of his Boksburg home.

Nzimande said the SACP did not oppose parole because it was trying to be evil, but believed he withheld information regarding Hani's death.

"The truth has not been told... Derby-Lewis must tell the truth," Nzimande said.

Ceremony

President Jacob Zuma participated in a wreath laying ceremony along with family and representatives of the MKMVA, Sanco Cosatu, SACP and the ANC.

The president unveiled the Chris Hani Memorial Monument plaque before taking a tour of remembrance.

He was accompanied by Nzimande, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe and Limpho Hani, Chris Hani's widow.

Limpho Hani took to the podium as the crowd sang vibrant struggle songs.

She lambasted the media for reporting wrongly about family matters and the country's leaders.

Limpho Hani said journalists had been irresponsible in their reporting that Hani had fathered a child outside of wedlock.

She had employed a private investigator to look into these allegations and found they held no water.

Limpho Hani came to the defence of Zuma, saying the attacks on the president were an attack on the ANC collective.

"The attacks have everything to do with the values and principles of our movement," she said.

"It has everything to do with the president's decision to create black industrialists and to empower black business."

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