Peter Hain, a peer of the British House of Lords have been recognized for his fight against the popular anti-apartheid system by the South African government.
The former Neath MP was awarded the Order of the companions of Tambo- an honor given to foreign nationals who have made a significant contribution to peace in the country.
Lord Peter Hain spent his childhood in South Africa where he joined his voices among those calling for the voting rights of non-whites given to them. He then fled to the UK at 16 amidst fears for his safety where he continued to campaign against the brutal and racist apartheid system.
Receiving the honour, he said, “It was very special to be awarded this honor for my work in the anti-apartheid movement in Britain, especially stopping all-time South African rugby, cricket and other sports tours in the 1970s,”, while he also added that, “People forget what hard bitter battle it was to free Nelson Mandela from prison and defeat apartheid”.
“I also see the award as recognition for the bravery and sacrifice of my parents Adelaine and Walter who gave up everything when our family was forced to leave South Africa for Britain in 1966 when I was a teenager”.
South African officials said that Lord Hain was nominated for this award due to his excellent contribution to the fight against the injustices of apartheid and his unwavering support for the South African liberation movement.
The award was named after the late South African revolutionary, Oliver Tambo.