On this day twenty two years ago, the South African Communist Party (SACP)secretary-general, Chris Thembisile Hani also known to many as Tshonyane (his clan name), was shot and killed in the driveway of his Boksburg home. Soon after, Janus Walus, a Polish immigrant who came to South Africa in 1982, was arrested in connection with the murder. He was linked to co-conspirator Clive Derby-Lewis, a Conservative Party (CP) Memebr of Parliament (MP)and his wife Gaye.
During the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) hearing, Walus said: “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. As he turned and fell down, I fired a second shot at his head.”
Hani was killed in front of his 15-year-old daughter Nomakhwezi. The death of the leader of the armed wing of the ANC and popular communist leader on the eve of the first democratic elections in South Africa fuelled fears of violence and threatened the transition to democracy
• Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau.
• Coleman, M. (ed)(1998). A Crime Against Humanity: analysing the repression of the apartheid state, Johannesburg: Human Rights Committee, p. 256.
Pretoria, February 2 (RHC-PL)– Cuba and South Africa reaffirmed their strong ties of friendship and the excellent level of bilateral and multilateral cooperation, following Thursday’s official visit by Cuban vice President Salvador Valdes Mesa.
Valdes Mesa arrived in South Africa on Tuesday. He has already held meetings with government leaders and the African National Congress (ANC), and other political organizations that make up the triple alliance.
Valdes Mesa and his counterpart and host, South African Vice President Cyril Ramaphosa, held official talks Wednesday. In a subsequent joint statement to the press, the two sides highlighted aspects of the historical ties between South Africa and Cuba, as well as cooperation, which today extends to various sectors.
There are currently more than 600 Cuban professionals offering their services in South Africa, including 400 doctors. A group of some 700 young South Africans are also pursuing studies at medical schools here in Cuba. Once graduated, they will return to their home communities to offer their services there, thus contributing to improving health indicators.