Left-wing campaigning for Minto, but have they forgotten this?

The left-wing is distracting themselves by creating a petition and campaigning for John Minto to got to South Africa to attend Nelson Mandela’s funeral

But in their haste to push Minto forward they need to be reminded of this from 2008.

An anti-apartheid activist who organised protests in New Zealand during a tour by South Africa’s rugby team in 1981 has rejected nomination for an award from President Thabo Mbeki’s government.

John Minto, organiser of the Halt All Racist Tours campaign, declined the Companion of O R Tambo Award, saying the changes in South Africa since the end of white minority rule had benefited only an elite. 

In a letter to Mbeki on his Web site www.johnminto.org.nz, the union organiser and newspaper columnist asked that his nomination for the award, named after South African anti-apartheid leader Oliver Tambo, be withdrawn.

Previous recipients included Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi, the father of Indian independence, and U.S. civil rights leader Martin Luther King.

He has already pissed all over Mandela’s legacy with his petulant refusal of an award.

“When we protested and marched into police batons and barbed wire here in the struggle against apartheid, we were not fighting for a small black elite to become millionaires,” Minto wrote in his letter to Mbeki.

“We were fighting for a better South Africa for all its citizens.”

John Minto doesn’t deserve anything other than handcuffs. He certainly doesn’t deserve a flight to South Africa for the funeral of a man whose achievements he has already disrespected.

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