‘Who are your mothers?’

2013-06-22 00:00

CHRIS Hani’s widow wants two women, who claim to be the slain struggle hero’s daughters, to undergo DNA testing to prove they are his biological offspring.

On Talk Radio 702 yesterday, Limpho Hani demanded Vanessa Hani and Cleopatra Tunyiswa, who both openly claim to be the daughters of the former SACP leader from previous relationships, tell South Africans who their mothers are.

Calling into Redi Tlhabi’s show, Limpho said: “Like all South Africans, I heard about these women for the first time in the press. They must tell us who their mothers are.

“They want mileage out of my husband’s name, saying they are dumping the ANC. Let us have a DNA test. Let’s prove they are Chris’s daughters. If they are [his children], I will be happy … but I want them to go for a DNA test and stop making these allegations, which they’ve never tested,” said Limpho.

Her radio challenge comes a day after Vanessa told the Sowetan that she had joined Agang, led by Dr Mamphela Ramphele.

Vanessa reportedly said the ANC had betrayed her father’s legacy, and that both it and the SACP no longer had direction.

Agang will launch as a political party today at the Tshwane Events Centre.

Agang spokesperson Thabo Leshilo said the comments by Vanessa were her “own doing” and that it was not part of the party’s strategy to drum up support for the launch. Both Vanessa and Tunyiswa will officially join Agang at the launch.

“She has the freedom to associate. We as a political party should not be expected to ask for paternity testing of our members.

“It is a matter of public record that both Vanessa and Cleopatra are daughters of Chris Hani from other women,” said Leshilo.

He said Vanessa was not willing to talk to the media over the call made by Limpho.

“She informed me that her phone hasn’t stopped ringing because of what this has all become. She doesn’t want to be embroiled in this,” said Leshilo.

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