Hani lived and died for his principles - DA

2013-04-10 16:04

Johannesburg - SA Communist Party (SACP) leader Chris Hani lived and died for his principles, the DA said on Wednesday.

Commemorating the 20th anniversary of Hani's assassination, DA spokesperson Mmusi Maimane said he was an inspirational figure.

"Whatever his ideological leanings might have been, we can all acknowledge that he was a principled and determined leader," said Maimane.

"He lived and died for his principles and made an enormous contribution in the struggle against apartheid. For this, he deserves to be honoured."

"We can only hope that the full truth about his assassination will eventually be revealed in the interest of reconciliation," said Maimane.

Hani, who was also chief of staff of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), was assassinated outside his house in Boksburg on 10 April 1993, by Polish hitman Janusz Walus with a gun arranged by right-winger Clive Derby-Lewis.

They were both sentenced to death, but this was commuted to life in prison when the death penalty was abolished.

An exemplary leader

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) also paid tribute to Hani, describing him as one of the most eloquent and exemplary leaders the country had ever had.

"[His] influence resonated far beyond our nation," said Nehawu spokesperson Sizwe Pamla.

"As a principled and fearless leader, he paid the ultimate price in his struggle for the emancipation of the oppressed majority from apartheid oppression.

"He was an unpretentious and practical leader who understood the socio-economic conditions of his people and dedicated his life to the struggle for their total emancipation," said Pamla.

He called on the tripartite alliance to lead the nation out of subjugation in tribute to Hani.

"We all have a responsibility to honour the legacy of Chris Hani by adopting his spirit of selflessness, discipline and honesty in serving our people," said Pamla.

Reflecting on Hani’s ideals

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) said the anniversary of Hani's death should be used to reflect and assess whether the country still stood for the ideals Hani supported.

"This is the right time to recall his ‘Hani memorandum’, which he wrote on behalf of comrades in exile during the dark days of apartheid when the African National Congress was in exile, denouncing the then lack of accountability, ill-discipline, nepotism, corruption and favouritism within the leadership that threatened the movement," said Denosa spokesperson Sibongiseni Delihlazo.

He said it was a time to reflect on whether the country's triple challenges of inequality, poverty and unemployment could not have been reduced had the government focused on the workers and the poor.

"It is fair to say that Hani would not be impressed with the slow pace of addressing these triple challenges, which threaten to cripple our victory of democracy," said Delihlazo.

A wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate Hani was held at the Thomas Titus Nkobi Memorial Park in Elspark, east of Johannesburg.

Speaking at the ceremony, President Jacob Zuma said the country was indebted to Hani for his work during the struggle and the debt could be repaid by showing commitment to society.

"We must hasten to usher in the type of society comrade Chris lived and died for," Zuma said.

  • Kolobe Kolobenyana - 2013-04-10 16:12

    maimane is risking losing da loyal supporters by praising hani

      Tasneem Sattar - 2013-04-10 16:26

      rubbish man...stop always trying to stir, and try contributing something useful and non-divisive for a change

      Jared Van Niekerk - 2013-04-10 16:36

      I agree with Kolobe - Hitler also died for his "principles." Does that make Hitler a hero? The DA is clearly just being cynical and opportunistic here in praising a hardcore commie, an adherent of an ideology that killed 100,000,000 people. But that's the thing with any politician - they will say anything to get a few votes, even Red Helen.

      Xolani T Ntuli - 2013-04-10 16:37

      Judging by comments he seemed to have touched a thorny subject, the bloggers aren't entertaining him at all. I concurr he must watch out.

      Tshepo Selelane - 2013-04-10 16:40

      Pot shots and low blows won't help South Africa. You are perpetuating the hate fella. We won't win the battle with childish comments that make it an 'us against them' thing. Try saying well said maimane.

      Konrad Bosco - 2013-04-10 16:41

      If you were for or against the man doesn't mean you can't be honest and say the bugger fought for his convictions. Same as Maggie Thatcher

      Bullet Proof - 2013-04-10 16:45

      Hani was nothing but a commie terrorist and a coward

      Tums Down - 2013-04-10 16:48

      Truth be told the DA know that with their tiny 15% they can't get anywhere in politics.. They need the Masses..

      Jared Van Niekerk - 2013-04-10 16:48

      Maggie Thatcher wasn't the head of a bunch of cowardly, terrorist, criminal vermin known as MK. Clive Derby-Lewis is a hero for ridding SA of this piece of terr scum.

      fourhundredkg.bobbejaan - 2013-04-10 17:03

      Who is Chris Hani?

  • Tshepo Selelane - 2013-04-10 16:19

    Its a shame that progress is as slow as it is. Apartheid did a number on this country, but our current leaders are hardly doing us any favours. Its a damn shame.

  • Madise Paul-Zuhair Mphuthi - 2013-04-10 16:21

    Viva Maimane

  • Hansie Crook - 2013-04-10 16:26

    Has the DA issued an official statement on the death of Margaret Thatcher yet?

      joe.mase.7 - 2013-04-10 16:29

      Here's one comment on the 'Iron lady' Absolutely, no loss... why did we have to wait this long?

      Willie Olivier - 2013-04-10 16:32

      the DA has lost the plot!

      arthur.motsamai - 2013-04-10 16:35

      Hansie u realy kill me,lol

      Tasneem Sattar - 2013-04-10 16:36

      is she not British?

      Moraka Masipa - 2013-04-10 16:40

      Why should they issue a statement? She was nothing to us.

      PointBlank - 2013-04-10 16:57

      What's your obsession with a press statement from the DA about Thatcher, they have noting to do with that old bag..

      Bart Onderweegs - 2013-04-10 17:40

      I wouldn't see why they should. DA is a liberal movement, and not quite the equivalent of the conservatives in Britain, as a start. Then Auntie Thatcher retired in 1990. I can't recall the DA making a statement when Paul Newman died, either, you see?

  • Sthembiso Jali - 2013-04-10 16:34

    yara yara yara. they just saying that becouse he's dead.

      PointBlank - 2013-04-10 16:57

      Do you do a little dance when you yara yara?

      Bart Onderweegs - 2013-04-10 17:49

      correct,they wouldn't have said anything if he would have been alive, and neither wuold have anyone else, for that matter.

  • Philip - 2013-04-10 16:36

    Yeah, I hear all this hot air but it still does not change the fact that Hani was a raging commie and we all know how that philosophy doesn't work.

      Papapipo Mzapi - 2013-04-10 17:15

      according to you every communist must be killed?

      Bart Onderweegs - 2013-04-10 17:51

      Works fine for China, been shopping lately? have a look around when you do.

  • Lloyd Sedio - 2013-04-10 16:36

    its funny how many white people in South africa view her as an examplary and noble leader, yet many British citizens and many fellow female leaders view her as a self centred woman who is responsible for many of the wrong things in the world that back then she advocated. Many white people here applaud her only because of the fact that she never had a rosy relationship with the ANC. Its an example of a misguided attitude of if we have same enemies, we are friends

      PointBlank - 2013-04-10 16:58

      Ooops, Lloyd goes full retard and racist.

      Bart Onderweegs - 2013-04-10 17:55

      She brought Britain back from the brink, I think that is the reason for anyone who is old enough to remember, to have respect for her. As far as 'her'relationship towards the ANC in the 1980's is concerned: It was the cold war, and the world was divided in 2 camps. ANC happened to be in the opposite camp, that's it.

  • George Michaelides - 2013-04-10 16:38

    Who Cares....Move along.....we got biiger shyte to worry about...

      PointBlank - 2013-04-10 16:58

      @Lindani, come bru we waiting..

      Tshepo Selelane - 2013-04-10 16:59

      Why comment if you don't care? Seems a bit stupid to waste time on something you don't care about.

      Cane Corso - 2013-04-10 17:56

      Like blacks dying by the hordes whilst their brothers smoke their ARVs. Damn it, can't run a business with zombies on the job.

      Bart Onderweegs - 2013-04-10 17:57

      How would you have felt if it was someone you had cared about? If we don't care about people being killed for their believes, you better start holding your hat.

  • CAPEGTOWN - 2013-04-10 16:40

    I still remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when I heard the news of his assassination, even though I was only 14 at the time.

  • arthur.motsamai - 2013-04-10 16:41

    They can comment about hani but maggie nothing,when is DA goin 2 say something about death @ hand.!!!

      Tersia Louw - 2013-04-10 16:56

      Arthur, I fail to see your point, maybe because you're not making one. Chris Hani was a South African leader, Maggie Thatcher was not; what's to say?

      PointBlank - 2013-04-10 16:59

      Why would the DA comment about Maggie?? You ANC suckers are crazy.

      arthur.motsamai - 2013-04-10 17:05

      I smoked ur mamas ashes, point is DA should shut up!!!

      Cane Corso - 2013-04-10 17:25

      Yeah, too much nyaope.

      Bart Onderweegs - 2013-04-10 18:03

      It really doesn't make sense what you say. Maggie Thatcher has died of old age, being retired from politics in 1990. She had nothing to do with South Africa. Chris Hani was a political leader in South Africa, and assassinated while he was 51 years old, in the peak of his political life. Please try see the difference?

  • Chris Van Der Merwe - 2013-04-10 16:47

    So did Piet Retief

      Thukhe Ndlovu Farmer - 2013-04-10 16:56

      for who did the farmer die for, definately he died for me to be oppressed even worse, miserable scumbag

      Jared Van Niekerk - 2013-04-10 17:18

      Who did the terrorist scum known as MK murder and kill innocents for?

      Thukhe Ndlovu Farmer - 2013-04-10 17:23

      Jared van niekerk, what are u yarping about?

  • Nokukhanya Ngcongo - 2013-04-10 16:49

    We knw tht we Dnt need the DA to tell us!DA founders didn't fight 2wards our freedom so I Dnt know y thy commenting as if thy cared abt a black mans freedom!nxa

      Tersia Louw - 2013-04-10 16:58

      They care about South Africans' freedom; how hard is that to understand? They even care about the South Africans who don't like or vote for them.

      PointBlank - 2013-04-10 17:02

      Um, you clearly too young to know jack my dear. The founders of the DA were very much a part of the freedom struggle. Aye, these young folk, full of arrogant ignorance.

      Ushir Sahdao - 2013-04-10 17:09

      @ Nokukhanya try doing a little research into your argument before commenting on a public platform. Google Helen Suzman and the Progressive Party. Educate yourself please.

      Cane Corso - 2013-04-10 17:11

      Another dumb shyte that doesn't know how to Google and do some simple research. OR. Another racist blinded by hate.

      Konrad Bosco - 2013-04-10 17:19

      Geesi , don't they teach history under OBE. Ish , PFP became the DP.They were against apartheid. DP became DA. You probably thinking of the NP , they are mostly sitting in between the ANC pukes now days

      Willie Olivier - 2013-04-11 06:48

      go back to school! you can not spell!

      Nathi Olifant - 2013-04-11 10:58

      @Willie, we start sentences with capital letters. We also start with capital letters after a punctuation mark.

      True Blue - 2013-04-11 11:26

      The DA and its predecessors were very much involved in the fight for freedom. Helen Suzman stood alone against the National Party in Parliament. Van Zyl Slabbert met with ANC leaders on exile to find a solution and end apartheid. Helen Zille exposed the murder of Biko. Many many DA supporters and their predecessors have been involved in programmes to educate and uplift people despite the difficulties they were faced with at the time and some even died mysteriuosly or were arrested for their principals. The DA might not agree with Hani's beliefs but he is respected as a person who stood by his beliefs and principles and that he was a good South African.

  • ARTFUL DODGER. - 2013-04-10 17:04

    He was just a fricking communist, no more and no less, he got what was coming to him. HE died for his principles, and that is that!!!!

      Papapipo Mzapi - 2013-04-10 17:11

      thats why we are dishing the same medicine to u

      Thukhe Ndlovu Farmer - 2013-04-10 17:19

      thats what the farmers are getting now, whats rightfuly due to them.

      Cane Corso - 2013-04-10 17:32

      And soon you will have to buy your pap 'n nyama god from my white brothers overseas, who genetically modify it and grow the rest on steroids. Your sons won't have b@lls and your daughters will grow DD's at the age of ten. Yeah, keep on yapping. Farmers are leavin. Revenge is SWEET.

  • Bongani Nsele - 2013-04-10 17:06

    politics from the DA...politics is wack!!!!!

  • arthur.motsamai - 2013-04-10 17:11

    Contradictions 1 min he is a communist the ada a hero. DA members make up your mind,most of you were one who killed him we not fools,remember DP?just shut up Maimane n go fix your ruin momas house @ soweto!

      Cane Corso - 2013-04-10 17:21

      Not all here support DA, ass. One track minded. Just like troll.

  • Jacques Loots - 2013-04-10 17:14

    I was going to comment............................................................but then I realized............................I DONT CARE!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Michael Wilson - 2013-04-10 17:46

      ....and then all of a sudden you commented anyway.

  • Coen Venter - 2013-04-10 17:16

    you blacks think we are scared of you your sadly mistaken

      arthur.motsamai - 2013-04-10 17:22

      Temper temper temper

      Mfaniseni Thusi - 2013-04-13 17:36

      Why do you have high walls, electric fences, guns and ugly dogs if you were not scared? Most licensed firearms belong to the white families e.g. Prestorius Family alone 55

  • russellblack.cowan - 2013-04-10 17:38

    Its funny how as soon as the DA praises Hani, those who CALLED him a terrorist either dont comment or change their tune. VIVA MMUSI MAIMANE FOR SPEAKING THE TRUTH AND VIVA CHRIS HANI. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE AN INSPIRATION TO THE PEOPLE OF SA!!!!

      Cane Corso - 2013-04-10 17:41

      Once again, so much assumption. Not all here is DA. Hani was a terrorist. Chief of staff of MK? That makes him directly responsible for thousands of deaths. Period.

  • Jamie Pamuk Brown - 2013-04-10 17:49

    He had no principles." he was a bloody terrorist and ANC Death Camp Enforcer.He also was a family man,Friend.A friend to many.But after 20 years he will be very sad if he was still alive.One thing for sure.Zuma would not have made it to The Presidency if Hani was still around....

      Cane Corso - 2013-04-10 17:59

      Thus, he had to die...

  • Celeste Maxime Lackay - 2013-04-10 17:56

    The comment stream hear is so hate-filled and racist in the extreme! Its not often that I feel ashamed of being South African because I choose to believe that even though we do have our differences, it is our differences that make us unique. Nothing it black and white and neither Hani nor Hellen BELONG to any one particular party. They - like you and I - belong in SA. Tolerance and the freedom of speech and association are enshrined in the constitution. Live it! Hani was a communist and while his way of dealing with things will not fly now, he did what he thought was necessary at the time. What you all seem to be missing is the point he made about corruption, nepotism, in-fighting, ill-discipline, etc. that he was vehemently opposed to even then! Just maybe had he not been killed, we may not be experiencing these same ills today at the hand of the very party he died defending. Just maybe . . .

      Democrazy - 2013-04-10 18:21

      well said Celeste

  • joe.mase.7 - 2013-04-11 10:47

    Absolutely, no loss... why did we have to wait this long?

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