Tambo’s family wants his body exhumed : Saturday 27 October 2012

Tambo’s family wants his body exhumed

Saturday 27 October 2012 19:50

Thami Dickson

Tambos family believe the reburial will put his spirit to rest at his ancestral home.

Tambos family believe the reburial will put his spirit to rest at his ancestral home. (SABC)

Oliver Tambo's Eastern Cape family wants his body exhumed and reburied next to his parents in his home village.They believe it will put his spirit to rest at his ancestral home. 

As a young boy Tambo herded livestock in the valleys of the Nkantolo village. After his death, the ancestral homestead became neglected, and his parents graves were vandalised. Now his family wants his remains to be brought to the village.

Oliver’s sister, Getrude Tambo, says his spirits are troubled and he must be buried at the village.

The OR Tambo Garden of Remembrance, built five years ago, is also neglected and overgrown. It features two empty rondavels, and a statue bust.

Nineteen years after Tambo died, construction is now finally underway with workers building a monument that will not only be a constant reminder of Tambo’s legacy but also recognition of his humble beginnings.  

The Department of Arts and Culture is spearheading efforts to restore the homestead and having it declared a national heritage site. There are also plans for a museum, similar to the one in Mthatha, honouring Nelson Mandela.

We are happy that finally he’s being recognised, said Oliver’s nephew ,Mzukisi Tambo.

The project is part of government's broader national heritage route project, called the Founding Fathers of Democracy initiative.

Meanwhile, ANC youth league leaders visited Tambo's homestead, paying tribute to the late struggle hero.

The Tambo Foundation says the issue around Tambo's reburial will be referred to the Gauteng family.

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