Chris Hani quotes

No, I don’t think I am a frightening person but I’ve read a number of assessments from different newspapers some of them quite hostile to the cause for which I stand I would regard myself as an uncompromising fighter for justice freedom, and non-racialism.

I don’t want to compromise on the bottom lines of that struggle I see [] the bottom lines as a democratic election based on one person one vote in a united non-racial and non-sexist country.

I say there should be social economic restructuring in our country we can allow a situation where the wealth of the country is concentrated in a few hands and a few white hands for that matter and therefore I argue that you know freedom is meaningless if we don’t bring [..] an end to the cross and vulgar disparities between the blacks and the whites in this country in the economic field.

Yes, I am still a revolutionary I believe in [..] the restructuring of our society I don’t believe in the freedom of just the national anthem and the flag I believe that freedom can only be meaningful if it begins to tackle the problems of the millions of our people who are poor who are unemployed living in informal settlements.

In order to facilitate negotiations we feel given the objective and subjective conditions in our country and the world there is a good prospect for successful negotiations in order to resolve peacefully the South African conflict.

If democracy is going to be vibrant in this country then you need vigorous participation of the people who have fought and sacrificed over the years for freedom and democracy.

We’ve got a shared objective a shared goal the goal of democracy and freedom.

I won’t hesitate to say in our view that nationalization is not going to be guided by ideological concerns we’ll have to ask ourselves if we nationalize a particular industry are you going to be running it better and more effectively than private owners?

I would think that this country (South Africa) would need a strong government. A government that should be supported by progressive forces.

We want to say that we are guided by the general principles but we are going to be building socialism in South Africa we must reject what we religiously adhered to in the past.

I had been to the soviet union several times we were not shown the ugly side we were taken around showing the positive side.

Even in the most developed countries, the problems of poverty and unemployment have not been solved the problems of illiteracy the problems of houselessness for quite a big number of people all these problems have not been solved.

The struggle for real democracy (and) for non-racialism is a struggle for socialism it lays the basis for a movement forward for the people of South Africa for the first time to have the vote and begin to shape their own lives.

Political victories must be linked to immediate steps to reorganize the economy of our country to empower the workers and we see that period also as a building block towards socialism towards the situation where the means of production in this country would be in public hands, not bureaucratic elite cells as it happened in the soviet union it would certainly be in the hands of the workers.