Community members and soldiers line the road outside Chris Hani's home in Dawn Park, Boksburg as a police van prepares to take the body of the South African Communist Party leader away on April 10, 1993 — PICTURE: HERBERT MABUZA I arrived at the scene of the murder just after 10.40 on that fateful day — April 10, 1993.Chris Hani, secretary general of the SA Communist Party — better known as a revolutionary turned peacemaker — was lying in a pool of his own blood on the front stoep of his Boksburg home.He’d been shot, we later learned, by anti communist right-winger, Janusz Walus — who is to be released on parole within days, having served 23 years in jail.We were the first news crew on the scene, only because photographer Herbert Mabuza lived in Hani’s neighbourhood, Dawn Park, and had been alerted to the murder by a friend.We stood in the front garden, Herbert shooting spools of film, me watching as shocked neighbours stood, heads bowed, weeping; the women keening. It’s haunting, t...

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