O. R. Tambo was the ANC President from 1967 – 1991.(SABC)
African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General, Gwede Mantashe, has hailed Oliver Tambo’s legacy. He says the late former ANC president, who served the party for more than 30 years, was determined and passionate about the revolutionary struggle.
Mantashe says although Tambo was raised in a poor family, he never allowed his background to be a stumbling block in the liberation struggle.
Delivering an O.R. Tambo memorial lecture in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, Mantashe urged ANC cadres to behave and serve without material benefits, as O. R. Tambo did.
"He came from a poor peasant household but he emerged and became a president of the ANC on the back of being strong, intellectual but humble, honest, selfless. Now if you take that it took him to all heights all the time; that is why when there was pressure in Morogoro (a city in Tanzania), he led that national executive committee to resign."
He adds, "There were casualties in that process. In that process, Duma Nokwe did not return, but Oliver Tambo was re-elected, confirmed as the president of the ANC. But more important to me is how leaders should behave."
October is regarded as Tambo Month. Oliver Tambo was born on 27 October 1917. He died at age 75 due to complications from a stroke on 24 April 1993.