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Remembering ‘Chris’ 28 years on

YESTERDAY marked 28 years since the cold-blooded assassination of Thembisile “Chris” Hani.

Hani adopted the name “Chris” from his younger brother, Nkosana Christopher Hani. He and his two brothers were raised in the rural Eastern Cape’s Sabalele village by their parents, Gilbert Dafulane and Nomayisi Nomtikodwa Mary Hani.

I pen this piece with a very heavy heart, not yet sure whether it might be one of those pieces of writing I start but later abandon.

Imagine us, the family, listening to Radio Xhosa in rural Sabalele on the morning of April 10, 1993 when a news bulletin announced the shooting of the SACP general secretary.

Shocked would be inept a word. The media spread (death announcement) well

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