Special programme: Peter Hain on Nelson Mandela

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Peter Hain’s family story is intertwined with the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. In this special programme, he talks about his close friendship with Nelson Mandela and his own African journey.

Political activist-turned-Labour MP Peter Hain is renowned for his three decades of anti-apartheid campaigning. Born to anti-apartheid activists with links to Mandela that go back to the 1960s, he grew up in South Africa where his parents were jailed and then banned by the regime.

At 15, Hain made his first anti-apartheid speech at the funeral of an activist, a year before his parents were forced to leave South Africa, taking him to London.

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

One of the world’s most revered public figures, Nelson Mandela is an iconic symbol of the triumph of the human spirit over prejudice and fear.

His book Mandela follows the man’s journey from tribal roots, his ANC activities that led to his 27-year imprisonment, and his career after his release in 1990.

In this programme, recorded at the 2010 Ilkley Literature Festival, you can hear him in conversation with the Yorkshire Post’s Digital Editor David Behrens, and on stage at the King’s Hall, Ilkley.

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