Lindiwe Hani has penned a memoir on how the assassination of her struggle icon father sent her on a downward spiral into cocaine and alcohol addiction. Being Chris Hani’s Daughter‚ co-written with journalist Melinda Ferguson‚ promises to lay bare some of the skeletons in the Hani family. Chris Hani‚ leader of the SACP‚ was shot dead in his driveway in the suburb of Dawn Park‚ Boksburg‚ in April 1993. His murder pushed the country to the precipice of civil war‚ prompting Nelson Mandela to make an urgent nationwide appeal for calm. Lindiwe Hani was 12 years old at the time. The burden of being his daughter later proved too difficult to bear. "For as long as I can remember‚ I’d grown up feeling that I was the daughter of Chris Hani and that I was useless‚" she says in the book‚ which is expected to be released in about March 2017. "My father was such a huge figure‚ such an icon to so many people‚ it felt like I could never be anything close to what he achieved — so why even try? Of cou...

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as exclusive Financial Times articles, Morningstar financial data, and digital access to the Sunday Times and Times Select.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems? Email or call 0860 52 52 00.