For Mr Key, to attend Nelson Mandela's funeral and for him to honour a man who he would have called a terrorist, does dishonour not only to Mandela's name, his fight for freedom, and to us the people of Aotearoa New Zealand who fought in 1981. I would like to remind this government, that when asked, where were you (John Key) around the time of the tour, he (KEY) was not only vague but dismissive. in his response
John Minto is considered one of Mandela's friends and he certainly is understood to be the public face of the 1981 anti-Springbok Tour movement with special acknowledgement of his role by Nelson Mandala on behalf of the people of South Africa.
In 1981 any in this country marched alongside John Minto to help bring about the end of apartheid in South Africa and whilst we did, the then National Party not only fully endorsed the Tour, but also used extreme force against it's own people, labelling us stirrers and troublemakers.
John Minto was labelled a criminal, arrested numerous times and faced court action for his commitment. Today the 1981 Anti-Spring-Bok Tour protests are hailed (here and world wide) as one of this nations greatest moments and we are asking the government on behalf of the citizens of this country to ensure John Minto be included in the delegation attending Mandela's funeral.
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