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Zuma to unveil memorial honouring Chris Hani

A marble structure has been erected with an inscription about Hani's life.

Monument erected in honour of Chris Hani at South Park Street Cemetary in Johannesburg. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A memorial to honour slain South African Communist Party (SACP) leader, Chris Hani, will be unveiled by President Jacob Zuma at his grave site in Boksburg this morning.

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.

His wife will today be joined by the country's leadership to pay tribute to him.

A tall marble structure has been erected in front of a park with an inscription about Hani's life.

The president and his counterparts from the Cosatu and SACP leadership are due to address members of the tripartite alliance.

A demonstration by Umkhonto we Sizwe veterans is also expected.

Mbazima Shilowa was a member of both Cosatu and the SACP at the time of the assassination and remembers receiving the message to rush to Hani's house

"I lived in Dawn Park, which is very nearby, and I went through to the place and it was Gill, Tokyo [Sexwale] and others and we just stood there in disbelief because it's not something you anticipate."

Earlier today, he said modern South Africa should remember the period that followed Hani's murder, where leaders were able to diffuse the tension and find a peaceful way forward.

"It's not so much what we do, it's the need for that leadership to say this is how we take the process forward and move beyond just simply discussion about the statue."

Images by Reinart Toerien/EWN

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