19 Jun 2013

English hero's birth marked by South Africa

5:11 pm on 19 June 2013

South Africa is marking 100 years since the birth of an English anti-apartheid hero - Bishop Trevor Huddleston.

In 1943, Bishop Huddleston was sent to South Africa, where he became a mentor to some of the leading political figures and formed close friendships with leaders such as Oliver Tambo and Nelson Mandela.

In 1955 he was awarded the ANC's highest honour, "Isitwalandwe".

The ABC reports his life is being commemorated by residents of Sophiatown.

Bishop Huddleston died in Britain in April 1998 at the age of 84.