Fight against state capture far from over: Peter Hain

JOHANNESBURG, 17 February 2018 - According to anti-apartheid activist and former British MP Peter Hain, the fight against state capture is ongoing. eNCA reporter Michael Appel spoke to Hain about what Jacob Zuma’s resignation means for that fight. Video: eNCA

JOHANNESBURG - Recent developments in South Africa’s political landscape are incredibly positive, but the fight against state capture is far from over.

That is is the view of anti-apartheid activist and former British MP Peter Hain, who is currently visiting South Africa.

Hain's parents were freedom fighters and when he was 11, they were arrested and placed under a banning order, restricting their movements and political activities.

 

 

His father's subsequent struggle to find employment led the family to relocate to England when he was 16.

At 17, he joined the British Anti-Apartheid Movement and focused on disrupting tours by South African sports teams, becoming a spokesperson for the sports boycott and earning himself the moniker "Hain the Pain".

In the decades that followed, Hain immersed himself in local and international politics, first aligning himself to Britain's Liberal Party, then shifting to the Labour Party in 1977.

 

READ: South Africa's current leadership imperils future: Hain

In 1972, South African security services sent him a letter bomb, which failed to explode and in 1976, the infamous Bureau of State Security (Boss) allegedly tried to frame him for bank theft. Hain also founded the Anti-Nazi League and aligned himself with the Unite Against Fascism movement and the Campaign for Homosexual Equality.

When the Labour Party won the 1997 election, Hain was appointed minister of state at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1999–2001 with responsibility for Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.

In 2017, Hain once again hit the headlines by driving the attempts to hold PR company Bell Pottinger to account for its links to the Gupta family and its attempts to sow discord in South Africa by driving a narrative against "white monopoly capital". He has also targeted HSBC, KPMG, Hogan Lovells and McKinsey for their roles in state capture. 

 

 

Hain spoke to eNCA reporter Michael Appel about what Jacob Zuma’s resignation means for the fight against state capture.

* View the interview with Lord Peter Hain in the gallery above.

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