ANC marks 20 years since Hani killed

2013-04-10 08:24
Chris Hani (File, AFP)

Chris Hani (File, AFP)

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The Hani family 20 years later

2013-04-10 08:52

Twenty years on, watch how Chris Hani’s murder affected South Africa and how his family dealt with his death. WATCH

Johannesburg - The ANC paid tribute to former SA Communist Party leader Chris Hani the 20th anniversary of his assassination on Wednesday, saying he would have played an important role in government had he survived.

"The ideals he lived for are the ideals that inspire us as we relentlessly pursue the struggle for economic emancipation, non-racialism and a better life for all South Africans," African National Congress spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said.

"We take this moment of remembrance as a moment to rededicate ourselves to the course of a greater commitment to complete the task of realising the fullness of our liberation."

Mthembu said if Hani were alive today, he would have praised the 13 South African soldiers who recently died in the Central African Republic (CAR) in clashes with rebels.

"Had he been alive today, Comrade Chris Hani would have praised our soldiers who gallantly gave their lives in CAR for a peaceful, better and prosperous African continent," said Mthembu.

Hani was assassinated by Polish right-winger, Janusz Walus, outside his house in Dawn Park, Boksburg 20 years ago.

President Jacob Zuma, Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, and Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande were scheduled to speak at the anniversary of Hani's death in Boksburg on Wednesday.


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