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Chris Hani's daughter up for top literary prize

Almost 25 years to the day that struggle hero Chris Hani was murdered, his daughter, Lindiwe Hani, has been named as one of the long listed nominees for the 2018 Alan Paton Award for Non-Fiction.

Ms Hani's memoir, Being Chris Hani's Daughter, was released last year under author and publisher Melinda Ferguson's MFBooksJoburg imprint.

It's just so amazing. I can't believe it, honestly, I can't believe it.

Lindiwe Hani, co-author Being Chris Hani's Daughter

The book details Ms Hani's early life with her father, his murder and her own struggles with cocaine addiction.

She told CapeTalk's Sara-Jayne King, her addiction was rooted in fears of not living up to her father's name.

I believed that people had certain expectations of the kind of person I should be, or what I should be doing, and I felt that when they met me I was a complete and utter letdown.

Lindiwe Hani, co-author Being Chris Hani's Daughter

Hani also revealed that she has been in contact with the family of late anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

It's just so incredibly sad. I was saying to my Mom, even though we knew Big Mommy was older and everything, she's just one of those people I though would live forever.

Lindiwe Hani, co-author Being Chris Hani's Daughter

On April 10 Ms Hani will be speaking at a memorial to mark her late father's death.

Chris Hani was shot and killed outside his home in Boksburg in 1993.

Janusz Waluś and Clive Derby-Lewis were convicted of the murder.

Listen to the full interview with Lindiwe Hani here:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Chris Hani's daughter up for top literary prize


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