The City of Ekurhuleni has scheduled month-long activities to celebrate the life of Chris Hani.
Chris Hani, renowned for his fearlessness and impeccable leadership qualities, led the anti-apartheid struggle until his assassination on 10 April 1993 outside his home in Dawn Park, Boksburg.
To pay tribute to him for his selfless contribution to the liberation of the oppressed masses, the city will roll out a programme to champion the ideals for which he stood.
The city conferred the Freedom of the City to Chris Hani posthumously in November 2006 and declared April, the month in which he died, the Chris Hani Month.
In March 2017, the Chris Hani's grave, Chris Hani Memorial and Walk of Remembrance were declared National Heritage sites by the South African National Heritage Agency. This year the City of Ekurhuleni's Heritage Services submitted nominations to Provincial Heritage Resources Authority – Gauteng (PHRA-G) for the Chris Hani House situated at 02 Hakea street Dawn Park, Boksburg to be declared as a National Heritage Site".
Ekurhuleni's Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Community Services Cllr Dora Mlambo said, "The declaration of the house as a National Heritage Site will enhance the preservation, protection and promotion of Chris Hani's legacy, history and his contribution to the liberation struggle."
On Tuesday, 10 April, the city will convene a wreath laying ceremony to be attended by government leaders, political leaders, the community and Hani family at the Thomas Nkobi Memorial Park in Boksburg, where Hani's grave, his Memorial and Walk of Remembrance sites are situated.
This will be followed by a memorial lecture on Chris Hani's life and times at the Boksburg Civic Centre the same day.
The Chris Hani Photographic Exhibition, depicting the life of Chris Hani will be opened for public viewing for free at the Springs Art Gallery from 21 April to 21 May, from 09:00 to 16:30 during week days, while it will be open from 08:00 to 12:00 during weekends.
Furthermore, 100 primary and secondary school learners from Ekurhuleni and the Chris Hani District Municipality in the Eastern Cape province will, on 14 April, present and debate issues that led to the CODESA negotiations. The learners will thereafter handover their declarations to the Executive Mayor of Ekurhuleni Cllr Mzwandile Masina on Monday, 16 April at Alberton Civic Centre.