Hani the Che Guevara of Africa - Vavi

2013-04-10 12:28
Chris Hani (File, AFP)

Chris Hani (File, AFP)

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Johannesburg - The best way to honour the memory of assassinated SACP leader Chris Hani is to ensure his ideals live on and his sacrifices were not in vain, Congress of SA Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Wednesday.

"On one hand we join his family... to share their pain, which we know is much deeper than we can ever understand," Vavi said at a wreath-laying ceremony at Hani's grave in the Thomas Tuti Nkobi Memorial Park.

"On the other hand we are returning here to once again make a proclamation that we will not allow Chris Hani to die."


Vavi said Hani continued to inspire.

Hani, who was SA Communist Party general secretary and chief of staff of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), was assassinated outside his house in Boksburg on 10 April 1993, by Polish right-winger Janusz Walus.

"They killed the Che Guevara of Africa and robbed the poor and workers of a potent weapon," said Vavi.

He said Hani had been the most loyal and active cadre and was an independent thinker.

"[His] life epitomised the principle of selflessness. He was prepared to sacrifice all for what he believed in," said Vavi.

He said Hani would have been appalled by the scale of greed and crass materialism of the "new clique of tenderpreneurs" and those who saw access to political office as a ladder to personal wealth.

"He would never have tolerated the levels of corruption, fraud and squandering of public resources, and [would have] been absolutely devastated at the assassination of political rivals over the spoils of office, and the factional battles and disunity that this has unleashed," Vavi said.

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