Chris Hani


The City of Ekurhuleni strongly condemns the vandalism of the Chris Hani Memorial Site at the Thomas Nkobi Cemetery in Boksburg.

One of the four pillars was damaged and the information centre, situated along the Walk of Remembrance linking it to the memorial, was broken into. The lighting system of the facility was also removed. This discovery was made by municipal officials when they reported for duty this morning (28 November 2022).

“Such incidents are extremely regrettable. The City is doing its best to preserve its rich heritage, but there seem to be some people out there who are hellbent on ensuring this does not happen,” said metro spokesman Zweli Dlamini. “Our people should take pride in such facilities instead of destroying them.”

Hani, a stalwart of the liberation struggle, was assassinated on 10 April 1993, outside his house in Dawn Park. The City conferred the Freedom of the City to him posthumously in November 2006 and declared April, the month in which he died, Chris Hani month. Hani’s grave is a National Heritage Site.

Law enforcement is investigating the incident and the extent and cost of the damage are being assessed.