The South African Communist Party (SACP) commemorated the 26th anniversary since the assassination of Chris Hani at the Titus Nkobi Memorial Park, Heidelberg Road on Wednesday.
At the time of his death on 10 April 1993, Hani was the General Secretary of the SACP and a member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress (ANC).
He was assassinated outside his home in Boksburg.
Hani had also led the joint SACP and ANC military wing, uMkhonto we Sizwe, with outstanding dedication in various capacities going back to the 1960s, and served as Chief of staff.
Hani was assassinated on the eve of democracy by Janusz Walus, who is still serving his prison sentence.
Walus’ parole application was rejected in January this year.
President Cyril Ramaphosa described Hani as as a leader who “was rooted among the masses.”
“He was not afraid to raise concerns about the state of the movement or the conduct of its leaders. He was able to clearly articulate the weakness in our strategy or the shortcomings in its implementation,” adds Ramaphosa.
When General Secretary of the SACP Blade Nzimande was speaking at the wreath laying ceremony in Heidelberg he stated that the Communist Party is against the release of Walus.
“We want justice to be done in respect of holding to account every person who was involved or who had prior knowledge of the plan to assassinate Chris Hani and did nothing to stop it.”