The past generation entirely lived their lives to fight the white minority rule for a better South Africa. These words were echoed by speakers at the Chris Hani and O.R Tambo Memorial Lecture held in Cofimvaba today in honour of the selfless contribution to the liberation of this country.
Addressing the fully packed Cofimvaba High School hall, the main speaker of the day and the Hounourable Premier, Mr Phumulo Masualle urged participants to uphold the legacy of the past generation sayin “ let us reposition ourselves and be geared to fight for the betterment of our people. We must find our mission and complete it without betraying our mandate in their name”, he also said.
Over three thousand people gathered at the Cofimvaba High School hall attending a Memorial Lecture held in honour of O.R Tambo and Chris Hani today. The memorial lecture was aimed to celebrate the lives of these great men and our late heroes of the struggle. These giants, whose contribution to the liberation our country is well documented and known by many, committed their lives to free South Africa from oppression and minority rule.
Participants at the fully packed hall heared how the Chris Hani District Municipality planned to celebrate the month of April known as the Heroes Month.
The Executive Mayor; Cllr Koliswa Vimbayo, hailed these gallant stalwarts of the liberation movement as selfless and patriots. “As 2017 is known as the year of OR Tambo, it also marks the 24th anniversary since the brutal assassination of Chris Hani whose life was cowardly put to an end by right wing militants on this day in 2013. This day also marks the year since the CHDM Council resolved to declare the month of April as Chris Hani month”, she said. She also said, “in paying tribute to this giant we must ensure that we truly define his legacy in action. As leaders we have a responsibility to advance jis ideals and to serve our community in a responsible manner and without fail or favour”.
An educational video on the life and times of Chris Hani screened moments before the main speaker changed the mood of the audience from jovial to a complete silence. This was followed by pictures of Service delivery initiatives by government within the district which demontrated commitment to his values. The activities for Chris Hani month will run until end of April.
For more details and interview with the Executive Mayor liaise with Ms Buli Ganyaza on 083 514 5526.
Issued by Chris Hani Communications and Media Unit