This book explains why the assassination of Chris Hani, general secretary of the SACP, in 1993 had a decisive influence on the transition to democracy in South Africa. It traces his rural roots in the Transkei, his introduction to religious and politics at school and university, and his recruitment to the ANC, SACP and MK. Emphasising his physical and moral courage, his interest in people and his leadership skills, it examines his military role in the Wankie Campaign, his critical reaction in its aftermath, and the part he played in the organisation of civil society and the underground from Lesotho. It also looks at his later role as political commissar and chief of staff of MK, and as a leader of the ANC and the SACP in the transition. It concludes with an analysis of his vision f a new South Africa.