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A Pretoria boy, the story of South Africa's 'public enemy number one'
Publication year: 2021
Media class: Hardback
Peter Hain has had a dramatic 50-year political career, in Britain and his native South Africa. This is the story of that journey, from Pretoria to the House of Lords. He describes his anti-apartheid parents' arrest and harassment in the early 1960s, the hanging of a close white family friend, and enforced London exile in 1966. After organising militant anti-Springbok demonstrations he became 'Public Enemy Number One' in the South African media. Narrowly escaping jail for disrupting all-white South African sports tours, he was framed for bank robbery and nearly assassinated by a bomb. He used British parliamentary privilege to expose looting and money laundering in President Zuma's administration, informed by his government 'deep throat', and likely influenced Zuma's resignation. Hain ends by exhorting South Africa to reincarnate Nelson Mandela's vision and integrity for the future.
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