Hani me­mo­rial lec­ture held

Se­cu­rity thwart bid by hand­ful of ANC Youth League mem­bers try­ing to dis­rupt the event

The New Age (Free State) - - NEWS - MICHAEL TLHAKUDI prov­inces@the­newage.co.za

A HAND­FUL of the ANC Youth League mem­bers in Man­gaung nearly dis­rupted the Chris Hani me­mo­rial lec­ture held at Univer­sity of Free State in Bloem­fontein on Mon­day evening.

Tus­sles broke out be­tween cam­pus se­cu­rity and ANCYL mem­bers who wanted to in­ter­rupt the deputy chair­per­son of the ANC in the province and former mayor of Man­gaung metro Thabo Many­oni, who was the main speaker.

The mem­bers sang and danced as Many­oni was about to be in­tro­duced to as­cend the podium, how­ever, se­cu­rity and other high-pro­file mem­bers of the party were quick to in­ter­vene.

Af­ter the brief halt, Many­oni was able to speak, im­me­di­ately call­ing for unity within the ANC.

This month marked 24 years since the anti-apartheid ac­tivist and gen­eral sec­re­tary of the SACP, Chris Hani, was killed by Janus Walusz whose pa­role ap­peal judg­ment was re­served on Mon­day in Bloem­fontein.

He has been be­hind bars for 24 years af­ter he shot and killed Hani in 1993.

Many­oni said peace would not be achieved un­less the ANC was united and fo­cused all its en­er­gies on unit­ing the na­tion be­hind a com­mon agenda.

“It’s time we moved away from be­ing by­s­tanders. We must be ac­tive par­tic­i­pants of the move­ment we love so dearly. We must work harder to build a bet­ter South Africa, a bet­ter Africa and a bet­ter world with­out self­ish­ness,” he said.

Many­oni said as the ANC they must work to­gether to root out cor­rup­tion and re­build a for­mi­da­ble party that caters for all.

He told the masses, mostly youths, that education was the way to go to fight poverty and in­equal­ity in the coun­try.

Many­oni de­scribed Hani as the sym­bol of hu­mil­ity and self­less­ness.

“Com­rade Hani was a giant, a vi­sion­ary and a hero to many. Com­rade Hani was an in­tel­lec­tual giant, a po­lit­i­cal and cul­tural icon who al­ways puts the needs of the peo­ple first. He will al­ways be re­mem­bered for his out­stand­ing job.”

Many­oni re­signed as a mem­ber of Par­lia­ment few weeks ago. He said he wanted to con­cen­trate on work­ing with peo­ple on the ground to make that the ANC re­gain its promi­nence.

ANC spokesper­son in the Free State, Thabo Meeko, said ear­lier this month that the ANC was in a con­tin­u­ous con­ver­sa­tion with Many­oni over the post that would be of­fered to him.


PARTY FAITH­FUL: In­ter­ven­tion by lead­ers halted at­tempts by ANCYL mem­bers to dis­rupt a me­mo­rial ser­vice for the late SACP leader, Chris Hani, at the Bloem­fontein cam­pus of the Univer­sity of the Free State.

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