Today is the celebration of the birthday of late apartheid struggle icon Chris Hani. He would have been 77. Briefly.co.za compiled four interesting facts about the freedom fighter.
Chris Hani was born in the rural village of Sabalele, in the Cofimvaba region of the former Transkei. He was the sixth of seven children of Gilbert and Mary Hani. Chris Hani grew up looking after the livestock like other children.
He enrolled at the Catholic School because he had a desire to enter priesthood. But his father did not like the idea so he was moved to study in Matanzima Secondary School in Cala, Eastern Cape. He later moved to Lovadale Institution in King William’s Town, Eastern Cape where he matriculated in 1958.
Hani’s political ideas started when his school teachers at Matanzima Secondary school lost their jobs for protesting against Bantu Education in 1954.
He later went on to become the Chief of Staff of Umkhonto we Sizwe and General-Secretary of the South African Communist Party (SACP).
Chris Hani was assassinated on 10 April, 1993 outside his home in Dawn Park, Boksburg. He was shot by a Polish immigrant named Janusz Waluś. The assassination was seen as a turning point as serious tensions arose afterwards. Many feared possible violence while Nelson Mandela addressed the nation appealing for calm.
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