Chris Hani’s Wreath Laying Ceremony: Struggle Icon’s Widow Vows To Stick To The ANC


Chris Hani’s Wreath Laying Ceremony: Hani’s widow, Limpho Hani, has reaffirmed her undying support and commitment to the African National Congress (ANC).

Limpho made this known during the annual Chris Hani Wreath Laying Ceremony in Elspark, Boksburg on Monday.

The wreath-laying ceremony, held at the Thomas Nkobi memorial cemetery, was part of the various programmes planned by the City of Ekurhuleni to commemorate the 24th anniversary of the assassination of SACP leader and struggle icon Chris Hani.

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The ceremony was led by President Jacob Zuma. It also had in attendance newly appointed Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula, Minister of cooperative governance and traditional affairs Des van Rooyen, SACP deputy general Solly Mapaila and Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini.

Limpho who sat next to President Jacob Zuma told the mammoth crowd that turned up for the ceremony after she took to the podium that she will continue to stick to the ANC because “there is only one ANC”.

She refuted claims that she belongs to a group of people, campaigning against President Zuma’s continuous stay in power, adding that she will never depart from the ANC camp, just like her husband who remained loyal to the ANC till the time of his death.

In an apparent reference to the national shutdown protest marches which drew thousands, Hani’s widow alleged that some women were raped by taxi gangs and that no civil march has been organised to demand justice.

Limpho thanked Zuma for coming to her aid when her daughter struggled with cocaine.

“I approached him when I was experiencing challenges because he was the last ANC member who saw my husband alive,” she said.

Meanwhile, a memorial lecture in honour of Hani is scheduled to hold at the Boksburg Civic Centre in the evening. Newly-appointed finance minister Malusi Gigaba is expected to deliver a keynote address at the event.

The city has also promised to roll out a number of other programmes in Hani’s memory.

Hani‚ who was the general secretary of the South African Communist Party‚ died on April 10, 1993 on his driveway outside his home in Dawn Park‚ Boksburg‚ on the East Rand after Polish immigrant Januz Walus shot him once in the body and three times in the head, in a politically motivated assassination.

Walus has served 23 years of his sentence for murdering Hani while his co-conspirator, Clive Derby-Lewis, who brought the gun used for the assassination died last year after a prolonged batter with cancer.

The duo’s death sentences were commuted to life imprisonment after the Constitutional Court banned the death penalty. Shortly before his death, Derby-Lewis granted an interview to Forum Films, in which he opened up about his life, politics, assassination attempts in prison and the murder of Hani – whom he dubbed “number one enemy”.

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The assassination of struggle stalwart Chris Hani, one of South Africa’s best and sharpest minds nearly brought the country to a civil war on the eve of the dawn of democracy.

He was a senior member of the now-ruling African National Congress (ANC) and head of the South African Communist Party (SACP).

In 2014, the Seriti Commission of Inquiry heard that Hani was murdered as he was about to expose the role that former defence minister Joe Modise played in the arms deal.

The information was relayed to Arms deal critic Terry Crawford-Browne by Bheki Jacobs, an African National Congress functionary who was trained in the Soviet Union as an intelligence operative.

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