- ANC freedom fighter, Oliver Tambo, went into exile on 28 March 1960
- This followed the events of the Sharpeville Massacre
- He and his wife, Adelaide, did valuable work abroad building international relations and campaigns
The story of Oliver R. Tambo, the man behind the statues, street names and even international airport, is one of great struggle and triumph. The freedom fighter and ANC stalwart played a vital role in the liberation of South Africa, and in the process, found himself exiled from the country, fleeing with his wife and children in tow.
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Following the events at the Sharpeville police station which has now been memorialised as Heritage Day on 21 March 1960, Tambo, an ANC leader went into exile in order to continue the struggle while abroad, Briefly.co.za found.
The Sharpeville Massacre was a major turning point in the anti-apartheid struggle and the country was soon declared a state of emergency. The Unlawful Organisations Bill was put into play and banned political parties and activists.
Tambo left his family behind while arrangements were made for them to follow. His wife, Adelaide Tambo, was an ANC activist and leader and contributed significantly to helping other fighters in exile find their families and readjust.
Tambo remained in exile until 1990.
While in exile, Tambo built international solidarity for the struggle against the government.
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