- Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated 50 years ago
- Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa paid tribute to him
- He hailed his anti-apartheid stance
Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa has hailed the late Dr Martin Luther King Jr for his anti-apartheid stance.
April 4 marks the 50th anniversary of the American civil rights activist's assassination. In a tweet, Mthethwa wrote:
He spoke out against injustices the world over, even against apartheid South Africa. He lived by the mantra he coined 'an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.'
In a major speech in London while en route to Oslo to receive his Nobel Peace Prize in December 1964, Dr King said:
In our struggle for freedom and justice in the United States, which has also been so long and arduous, we feel a powerful sense of identification with those in the far more deadly struggle for freedom in South Africa.
Dr King called on world governments to impose sanctions on the apartheid regime, adding:
Today great leaders - Nelson Mandela and Robert Sobukwe - are among many hundreds wasting away in Robben Island prison.
The civil rights activist also attempted to travel to South Africa but was denied a visa, according to News24.
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