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Ceremony held for Hani

President Zuma is expected to speak at a ceremony marking 20 years since Chris Hani’s death.

Former South African Communist Party (SACP) General Secretary Chris Hani’s grave site at the Thomas Nkobi Memorial Park Cemetery in Boksburg Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Security is tight at the Thomas Nkobi Memorial Park Cemetery in Boksburg ahead of a wreath-laying ceremony to mark 20 years since the assassination of since South African Communist Party (SACP General Secretary Chris Hani.

The SACP leader was shot dead outside his home in Dawn Park, Boksburg in 1993 by Polish immigrant Janusz Waluś and Conservative Party Member of Parliament (MP) Clive Derby-Lewis.

Leaders of the African National Congress (ANC), the SACP and Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) gathered in Boksburg to remember Hani.

A red carpet has been laid out for the ceremony.

President Jacob Zuma, current SACP General Secretary Blade Nzimande and his Cosatu counterpart Zwelinzima Vavi are all expected to speak.

Preparations are in full swing and the City of Ekurhuleni said they are also expecting several cabinet Ministers as they remember the life of one of the country's greatest leaders.