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Peter Hain on Nelson Mandela

Elmwood Hall, 16 Oct 6:30pm

As well as being a former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Peter Hain is well known for a lifetime of anti-apartheid campaigning.

Born to anti-apartheid activists with links to Mandela that go back to the 1960’s, he grew up in South Africa where his parents were jailed and then banned by the regime.

Hain’s fervent campaigning throughout the 1970’s made apartheid a national issue in Britain, while making him a target of the regime’s security services.

As a Labour MP, Peter Hain served in Government for twelve years including British Africa Minister, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and Secretary of State for Wales.

He is also the author of 15 books including Don’t Play With Apartheid, Mistaken Identity: The Wrong Face of the Law, and Sing the Beloved Country: the struggle for the new South Africa.

Mandela: The Story of a Universal Hero by Peter Hain is published by Spruce.

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