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Evans in South African honour

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Evans in South African honour

Australia’s role in spearheading the international campaign for a free and democratic South Africa will today be recognised with the induction of former Labor foreign minister Gareth Evans into an exclusive order by President Jacob Zuma.

Professor Evans, the foreign minister between 1988 and 1996, was a driving force in rallying the countries of the Commonwealth to pursue financial sanction against apartheid during the late 1980s.

As the apartheid regimen began to crumble, Professor Evans repeatedly visited South Africa, becoming one of the first foreign officials to meet Nelson Mandela just days after he walked to freedom in February 1990.

At a special ceremony in Pretoria today, he will receive a silver award of the Order of the Companions of O.R. Tambo — an accolade for eminent foreigners who have actively promoted the interests and aspirations of South Africa through outstanding cooperation, solidarity and support.

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