The struggle icon, Chris Hani, is expected to honoured by The University of Cape Town (UCT), by naming one of its buildings after him.
The renaming of The New Science Lecture Theatre, to be known as The Chris Hani Lecture Theatre, will be in honour of Hani’s contribution to South Africa’s democracy.
April 10, marks the anniversary of the assassination of Chris Hani.
The ceremony of the official renaming, will be held on April 25. Deputy Minister of Public Works, Jeremy Cronin, is to give the keynote address. Hani’s family will be in attendance. The chairperson of the naming of buildings committee, Advocate Norman Arendse, the outgoing UCT vice-chancellor, Dr Max Price and other dignitaries are also expected to attend.
Nombuso Shabalala, UCT spokesperson, said the institution regards the renaming of the building as a historic moment.
"The renaming of buildings is just one part of a multifaceted transformation project committed to overcoming the legacy of apartheid and colonialism in the university system - and to make UCT a home to all." Shabalala said it was a change that would not just linger in the name boards on the side of buildings, but that it should also be a definitive break with South Africa's painful past.
"It is symbolic of a transformation not only on the UCT campus, but more importantly of our attitudes and values."
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