Today, 10 April in 1993 the South African Communist Party (SACP) secretary-general, Chris Hani was gunned down outside his home in Dawn Park, Boksburg.
Soon after his death, a Polish immigrant Janus Walus, was arrested in connection of his death.
In his letter to Hani, Cosatu general Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi praised him as a “liberator” and a soldier who believed in collective leadership.
“Your death continues to strike a very sensitive chord amongst the working people of this country, who saw in you their liberator and a general who was committed to leading them to their own version of a land of milk and honey”, Vavi said in his letter.
He said that Hani’s death marked an immeasurable loss sustained not only by the poor in this unequal land called South Africa, but to many others across the world, who came to appreciate your role and immense contribution in one of the most dramatic events of the 20th century – the fall of apartheid.
He said that his assassination sent shockwaves across the world and had paralysed many of those who saw a true representative of mass power in Hani.
“We have come to appreciate that as a revolutionary who fully understood the deep hatred possessed by those who have an immortal hatred for communism and its principles of equality and justice, you had made peace with the fact that there are only two results in a revolution: death or victory”, said Vavi adding that Hani’s life continues to inspire young generations of South Africans.