Apartheid activist Peter Hain’s plod through history disappoints

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Apartheid activist Peter Hain’s plod through history disappoints

Linking the fate of rhino to the state’s demise, it’s driven by a fascination with the repugnancy of humans

David Gorin

SA-raised Peter Hain was a leading anti-apartheid campaigner in London in the 1970s. His effectiveness was such that in 1972 he received a letter bomb from the apartheid security forces.

Older readers may recall him leading vehement opposition to tours by SA’s sports teams. Photographs show his fixated expression of protest outside the SA embassy on Trafalgar Square.

His new book, The Rhino Conspiracy, was born partly of a different dismay, of the usual suspects of post-1994 disappointment: the fading colours of the rainbow nation, the idealistic cadres turned by cronyism, the rising and then rampant corruption, and only a glimpse of possible recovery...

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