- Today marks the 25th anniversary of the death of Oliver Reginald Kaizana Tambo,
- He would forever be remembered as one of the most influential anti-apartheid activists in South Africa
- As South Africans pay tribute to him, we take a look at his exceptional legacy
Taking to their social media account, the Gauteng ANC posted a photo of the former leader, captioning it:
"Today we celebrate the life of a gallant giant of our revolution, Cde President OR Tambo who died on this day in 1993. We salute his contribution to our struggle for freedom. #ANCHeroesMonth #ANCExcellence".
So, Briefly.co.za decided to take a look at what made OR Tambo such a remarkable man.
Born on 27 October 1917, the anti-apartheid activist grew up in a village of Nkantolo. He attended Holy Cross Mission with his brother in April 1928 before transferring to St Peters in Johannesburg.
After he matriculated among the top students, Tambo enrolled at the University of Fort Hare and it was there he began to make a difference.
In 1940, only two years after graduating high school, Tambo along with Nelson Mandela and several others were expelled for participating in a student strike.
Tambo, Mandela and Walter Sisulu founded the ANC Youth League in 1943, with Tambo becoming its first National Secretary and a member of the National Executive five years later.
He made such a difference in the ANC, in 1967 he was elected the president of the party, a position he held until 1991.
Tambo, along with Nelson Mandela, Joe Slovo, and Walter Sisulu, Tambo administered and aided numerous attacks against the apartheid regime.
They were notably responsible for the Church Street bombing on 20 May 1983, which resulted in the death of 19 civilians and the wounding of a further 217.
Tambo suffered a stroke only days after Chris Hani's assassination. He died on 24 April 1993 at the age of 75 due to complications as a result of the stroke.
Although he died 25-years-ago, his legacy would be remember forever. Briefly.co.za gathered a few of his quotes, which shows the character of the freedom fighter.
We have a vision of South Africa in which black and white shall live and work together as equals in conditions of peace and prosperity.
We seek to create a united Democratic and non-racial society.
The fight for freedom must go on until it is won; until our country is free and happy and peaceful as part of the community of man, we cannot rest.
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