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Hani’s widow lashes out at the media for ‘slapdash journalism’

She made the comments during an address at the unveiling of a monument to honour her late husband.

Chris Hani's wife, Limpho Hani, lays a wreath at her late husband's grave site in Boksburg during the official opening of the grave as a heritage site on 10 April 2015. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The widow of slain South African Communist Party (SACP) leader Chris Hani on Friday lashed out at the media for what she said was often shoddy journalism and insufficient research, which gives credence to malicious rumours.

Limpho Hani said that a woman who claimed to be his daughter was actually from Mozambique and the Department of Home Affairs confirmed the Umkhonto we Sizwe leader was not her father.

She made the comments during her address to alliance leaders at the unveiling of a monument to honour her late husband in Boksburg.

She read out a letter written to her by Home Affairs, confirming the women's claims were false.

"This is from the Director General: Our records on the two individuals do not show that they are related to Mr Chris Hani. This is based on the documentary evidence that they submitted themselves."

She said she suspected the stories were given credence by people trying to perpetuate a stereotype that black people were corrupt and had no morals.

"So what they decide to do? They decided to go with what they thought was mud, and they threw the mud at the corpse. I can't believe you guys, and guess what? That mud never stuck."

The memorial features four tall marble pillars and stands near the entrance of the South Park Street Cemetery where Hani is buried.

Hani was gunned down outside his Boksburg home 22 years ago, sparking a dangerous moment in South Africa's history.

Clive Derby-Lewis and Janusz Walus were convicted for the 1993 murder.

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