'It's just so amazing': Chris Hani's daughter longlisted for Alan Paton Award for Non-Fiction

'It's just so amazing': Chris Hani's daughter longlisted for Alan Paton Award for Non-Fiction

- Lindiwe published a memoir, Being Chris Hani's Daughter, last year

- It has been longlisted for the 2018 Alan Paton Award for Non-Fiction

- It details her early life with Chris Hani as well as her own struggles

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Lindiwe Hani has been longlisted for the prestigious 2018 Alan Paton Award for Non-Fiction for her memoir, Being Chris Hani's Daughter.

Briefly.co.za learned that Melinda Ferguson's publishing company, MFBooksJoburg, published the book last year.

Speaking to Bongani Bingwa on Talk Radio 702, Lindiwe said her book delves into her early life with the late anti-apartheid struggle icon.

Lindiwe Hani at a past event. Source: 702.co.za

Lindiwe Hani at a past event. Source: 702.co.za

It also details her struggles with cocaine addiction, which she said was the result of fears of not living up to her father's name. She explained:

I believed that people had certain expectations of the kind of person I should be, or what I should be doing, and I felt that when they met me I was a complete and utter letdown.

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The late Chris Hani pictured in 1990. Source: Google

The late Chris Hani pictured in 1990. Source: Google

Lindiwe described her excitement at being placed on the longlist of such a high profile award:

It's just so amazing. I can't believe it, honestly, I can't believe it.

She said she has also been in contact with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's family following her passing:

It's just so incredibly sad. I was saying to my Mom, even though we knew Big Mommy was older and everything, she's just one of those people I though would live forever.

Lindiwe will be a speaker at Chris Hani's memorial on 10 April. It will be held to mark 25 years since his shooting in Boksburg in 1993.

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