Hani’s wife slams report claiming Mbeki’s role in his death

2016-11-17 20:06
Chris Hani (File, AFP)

Chris Hani (File, AFP)

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Ekurhuleni - The wife of slain SACP leader Chris Hani has harshly criticized The Star newspaper’s report on former president Thabo Mbeki’s alleged role in her husband’s death.

She was referring to an article in the publication which quoted parts of a documentary titled “The Derby-Lewis Disclosure”.

According to The Star, in part three of the four-part documentary, Lewis reveals that Safety and Security Minister at the time Steve Tshwete and Justice Minister Penuell Maduna confronted him in jail and asked him whether Thabo Mbeki had anything to do with Hani’s murder.

The publication then quotes Derby-Lewis saying, “I said I don’t know Thabo Mbeki from a bar of soap. I will never talk to Thabo Mbeki because he is an ANC (member) and the ANC are my enemies.

“My whole political career was crowned by the fact [that] I was never going to use a lie on the pretext that Mbeki was involved; I was not gonna use a lie to get myself out that Mbeki was involved,” Derby-Lewis reportedly said.

Limpho Hani on Thursday said she was not aware that there was a documentary about her husband because no one had approached her about it.

“I don’t know the people who are doing the documentary about my husband. They have not talked to ANC, they have not talked to SACP, they have not talked to me.”

She said despite that fact, what had offended her the most was the fact that the report was using the names of the country’s leaders “in vain”.

“If you read that story, there is no story, but what has offended me is [that] the name of our former president Thabo Mbeki is mentioned there. The story doesn’t make sense.

“I appeal to the editor of The Star not to sell piece papers by throwing our leaders’ names in vain. As an editor of a newspaper, how do you come up with a story like that?

“The paper itself says ‘Derby-Lewis did say comrade Thabo was not involved', but the editor allows that story, where there’s insinuations that former president Thabo Mbeki was involved in killing my husband.”

Hani said if the publication had information about her husband’s murder, they should rather take it to the police.

“The Star editor, [if] you have information about people who killed my husband, don’t use the newspaper, go to the police… You are not going to use the names of our leaders in vain,” she said.

She said the ruling party was under attack and its members needed to defend it and its leaders.

“Comrades, the enemy of the ANC is at work, we have to defend our organisation. It doesn’t matter where, how, who, we cannot allow our leaders names to be used in vain.”


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