Hani memorial lecture held
Security thwart bid by handful of ANC Youth League members trying to disrupt the event
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.