Dimpho Hani – the widow of slain struggle stalwart Chris Hani – on Thursday said that she was offended by a newspaper article alleging former President Thabo Mbeki was involved in the assassination of her husband.
The widow made her remarks during the launch of a new museum converted from the former Hani family home in Dawn Park‚ Boksburg, where her husband was gunned down on April 10‚ 1993.
The museum will preserve the memory of the assassinated leader of the South African Communist Party and chief of staff of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress.
Dimpho Hani said she read an article in the Star on Thursday morning which insinuated that Mbeki had prior knowledge about the plot to murder her husband.
“I find it very offensive, the editor has the final say, you have information of who killed my husband, go to the police and don’t use the names of our leaders in vain,” Hani said while addressing guests at the launch.
Hani also said that there was word of a documentary on her late husband’s life, but neither the family nor the African National Congress were spoken to regarding it’s release.
She, however, thanked the City of Ekurhuleni for making the decision to buy the Hani family home and turning it into a memorial museum.
Executive Mayor, Councillor Mzwandile Masina, said apart from the museum, a statue of Hani would be built in his memory as well as more memorial sights.
Masina used the occasion to honour Dimpho Hani, saying during the struggle she didn’t live in the shadow of her husband, but was always supportive.
He also revealed that more than 500 title deeds have been delivered to various townships in the City of Ekurhuleni, in line with Hani’s vision of giving citizens a decent life.
Dawn Park residents attended the museum launch.