On this day in history: Struggle icon Chris Hani was assassinated

On this day in history: Struggle icon Chris Hani was assassinated

On this day twenty five years ago, the South African Communist Party (SACP) secretary-general, Chris Thembisile Hani was shot and killed in the driveway of his Boksburg home.

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Shortly after the assassination a Polish immigrant named Janus Walus was arrested. The hitman was linked to Clive Derby-Lewis, a Conservative Party member.

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On this day in history: Struggle icon Chris Hani was assassinated

On this day in history: Struggle icon Chris Hani was assassinated
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At the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) hearing, Walus revealed harrowing details of how he killed the political leader in front of his 15-year-old daughter.

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"I did not want to shoot him in the back. I called to Mr Hani. When he turned I fired the first shot into his body...I fired a second shot at his head."

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The political icon was killed in front of his 15-year-old daughter Nomakhwezi. His death fueled fears of violence on the day of the first democratic elections in South Africa.

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