Today marks 25 years since Chris Hani was assassinated. Hani was shot dead outside his home in Dawn Park on the 10th of April 1993.The SACP leader was shot dead outside his home in Dawn Park in Boksburg on April 10, 1993. His killer, Janusz Waluś, applied for parole in August 2017. He has spent 24 years in jail for the crime and was denied bail in November 2017.
Waluś, who pulled the trigger that killed Hani, said while he is remorseful towards Hani’s children and wife, he is not sorry for killing the struggle icon. Former Conservative Party MP Clive Derby-Lewis was the mastermind behind the assassination and died of cancer in 2016 shortly after being granted medical parole.
Hani’s killing threatened to derail negotiations ahead of the first democratic elections held in 1994. The University of Cape Town will honour the struggle icon by renaming one of its lecture theatres after him during a prestigious ceremony on April 25. The Hani family, the Deputy Minister of Public Works and the SACP’s Jeremy Cronin will be in attendance.