The city of Ekurhuleni is to celebrate the birthday of the late ANC president Oliver Reginald Tambo, today. Tambo, who died at the age of 75 due to complications from a stroke on April 24, 1993, was born on October, 27, 1917 and he would have been celebrating his 95th birthday today.
He was the longest serving ANC president. Yesterday, President Jacob Zuma led the ANC leadership during the laying of the wreath at Tambo's grave in Wattville, in Benoni. This is where the remains of OR and his wife Adelaide Tambo are buried.
President Zuma went to the grave to pay homage to the man whom the ANC holds in high esteem.
He said their visit to the Tambo’s grave was to tell him all was well.
Among those who visited the grave were the Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) members of the unit called Luthuli detachment.
Former MK member James Nxulu said when Tambo visited the MK in the camps, he ate with them and did everything as a sign of 'a leader with humility'.
President Oliver Reginald Tambo was, still is and will always be the pride of the National Congress
Gauteng ANC chairperson Paul Mashatile, ANC deputy secretary Thandi Modise and Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane commended Tambo for the role he played in uniting the ANC.
Delivering the 10th ANC centennial lecture at the University of Pretoria, yesterday, Zuma said through his selflessness and humility Tambo remained a symbol of what a free South Africa should be like.
"President Oliver Reginald Tambo was, still is and will always be the pride of the National Congress."