Ekurhuleni to remember Chris Hani

Picture: Chris Hani by Reiner Leist.

The City of Ekurhuleni has scheduled month-long activities to celebrate the life of Chris Hani.

Hani led the anti-apartheid struggle until his assassination on April 10, 1993 outside his home in Dawn Park, Boksburg.

To pay tribute to him for his selfless contribution to the liberation of the oppressed masses, the city will roll out a programme to champion the ideals for which he stood, said Themba Gadebe, spokesperson for the metro.

The city conferred the Freedom of the City to Chris Hani posthumously in November 2006 and declared April, the month in which he died, Chris Hani Month.

In March 2017, Chris Hani’s grave, Chris Hani Memorial and Walk of Remembrance were declared National Heritage sites by the South African National Heritage Agency.

This year the City of Ekurhuleni’s Heritage Services submitted nominations to Provincial Heritage Resources Authority – Gauteng (PHRA-G) for Chris Hani’s house, situated at 2 Hakea Street in Dawn Park, to be declared a National Heritage Site.

Ekurhuleni’s Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Community Services Clr Dora Mlambo said, “The declaration of the house as a National Heritage Site will enhance the preservation, protection and promotion of Chris Hani’s legacy, history and his contribution to the liberation struggle.”

On April 10, the city will convene a wreath laying ceremony to be attended by government leaders, political leaders, the community and Hani family at Thomas Nkobi Memorial Park in Boksburg, where Hani’s grave, his Memorial and Walk of Remembrance sites are situated.

This will be followed by a memorial lecture on Chris Hani’s life and times at Boksburg Civic Centre the same day.

The Chris Hani Photographic Exhibition, depicting the life of Chris Hani, will be open for public viewing for free at Springs Art Gallery from April 21 to May 21 from 9am to 4.30pm on weekdays, and from 8am to noon during weekends.

Hundred primary and secondary school learners from Ekurhuleni and the Chris Hani District Municipality in the Eastern Cape will, on April 14, present and debate issues that led to the CODESA negotiations.

The learners will thereafter hand over their declarations to the Executive Mayor of Ekurhuleni, Clr Mzwandile Masina, on April 16 at Alberton Civic Centre.

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