Today in history: Chris Hani is assassinated

By Drum Digital
10 April 2015

On this day twenty years ago, the South African Communist Party (SACP) secretary-general, Chris Thembisile Hani also known to many as Tshonyane (his clan name), was shot and killed in the driveway of his Boksburg home.

Date: 10 April, 1993

Soon after, Janus Walus, a Polish immigrant who came to South Africa in 1982, was arrested in connection with the murder. He was linked to co-conspirator Clive Derby-Lewis, a Conservative Party (CP) Memebr of Parliament (MP)and his wife Gaye.

During the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) hearing, Walus said: "I did not want to shoot him in the back. I called to Mr Hani. When he turned I fired the first shot into his body. As he turned and fell down, I fired a second shot at his head."

Hani was killed in front of his 15-year-old daughter Nomakhwezi. The death of the leader of the armed wing of the ANC and popular communist leader on the eve of the first democratic elections in South Africa fuelled fears of violence and threatened the transition to democracy

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