Chaplains at Hani commemoration say SA should forgive Zuma

The provincial chaplain of the Free State also condemned the call for Zuma to step down.

The memorial stone of slain SACP leader Chris Hani, on 10 April 2016,  23 years after he was assassinated outside his Boksburg home. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The commemoration of Chris Hani's assassination has started with the chaplains speaking out in defence of President Jacob Zuma, calling on the country to accept his apology for the frustration and confusion caused by the Nkandla saga.

Twenty-three years ago, Polish immigrant Janusz Walus shot Hani in front of his home, after receiving a gun from Conservative Party member Clive Derby Lewis.

The commemoration of Hani's death is being held at his memorial site in Boksburg, where the senior leadership of the tripartite alliance are all in attendance.

The provincial chaplain of the Free State has also condemned the call for Zuma to step down.

Members of the audience are also holding up posters calling for Walus's parole to be revoked.


Speaking on Saturday, African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee member Naledi Pandor said Hani would be concerned about the decline in morality and values within the movement.

She was speaking in Boksburg at the first of three events to commemorate Hani's life.

Pandor said the liberation hero would be concerned about a decline in discipline in the movement.

"He'd be horrified to learn that his organisation has corruption as part of the exercise of political office, by some within it."