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Chris Hani Biography 1942 – 1993


Chris Hani, born Martin Thembisile Hani, was the leader of the South African Communist Party and chief of staff of uMkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress.

He was a fierce opponent of the apartheid government and was assassinated by Janusz Waluś, a Polish immigrant and sympathiser of the Conservative opposition on 10 April 1993, during the unrest preceding the transition to democracy.

Chris Hani

BORN: 28 June 1942

HOME TOWN: Cofimvaba, Transkei, South Africa (now Cofimvaba, Eastern Cape, South Africa)

PARENT: Nomayise Hani (mother) and Gilbert Hani (father)

SPOUSE: Limpho Hani

DIED: 10 April 1993 (aged 50)

PLACE OF DEATH: Dawn Park, Boksburg, South Africa (now Dawn Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, South Africa)

RESTING PLACE: South Park Cemetery, Germiston, South Africa

CHILDREN: Lindiwe Hani, Neo Hani, Nomakhwezi Hani

OCCUPATION: Politician

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