South Africa Today: Betraying or Upholding Mandela’s Values? University lecture date for The Rt Hon The Lord Hain

The Right Honourable The Lord Hain will visit Swansea University next week to give a free public lecture on the theme of ‘South Africa Today: Betraying or Upholding Mandela’s Values?’

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Peter HainThe lecture will begin at 6:30pm on Thursday, 4 February 2016, in the Faraday Lecture Theatre, Faraday Building (Swansea University Singleton Campus), and is part of the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) 2016 Public Lecture and Event Series.

The Marikana massacre of 34 striking miners in 2012 questioned whether the ‘rainbow nation’ of Nelson Mandela’s vision had lost its way, reinforced since then by militant student protests, deepening corruption, dysfunctional government and economic decline.  

The Rt Hon The Lord Hain – who recently received South Africa’s Companion of OR Tambo National Award for his contribution to the anti-apartheid struggle – will give his opinion during this keynote lecture for the University’s College of Arts and Humanities.

Speaking ahead of the lecture, The Rt Hon The Lord Hain said: “After the overthrow of apartheid under Nelson Mandela’s Presidency, South Africa’s new “rainbow nation” inspired the world.

“Today however the country’s African National Congress is under greater criticism than ever before, some of it from sources (including white racists) always grudging to hostile about majority rule. 

“An honest, balanced view is needed which also takes account of the appalling legacy of apartheid: high levels of poverty, mass unemployment and a deliberate policy of blocking access to education for the black population which was treated as a servant class.”

Professor John Spurr, Head of the College of Arts and Humanities at Swansea University, said: “This lecture will provide an important opportunity to hear The Rt Hon The Lord Hain, an expert in the field of international relations and dispute resolution, discuss some of the most complex and challenging issues facing South Africa today.”

Admission to the lecture is free and all are welcome to attend.  Light refreshments will be available before the lecture from 6pm.

To book a place please visit, or call 01792 205190 and leave your details.

And for more information on Swansea University’s Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) click here.


A full copy of the public lecture ‘South Africa Today: Betraying or Upholding Mandela’s Values?’ given by Lord Hain at Swansea University on the evening of Thursday, February 4, can be downloaded here  The Rt Hon The Lord Hain lecture at Swansea University .