- On this day in 1990, Oliver Tambo returned from exile
- The struggle icon had been in exile for almost 30 years
- He was elected president of the ANC in 1969
On this day 29 years ago, Oliver Tambo returned to South Africa after going into exile. The former president of the ANC was in exile for nearly 30 years.
Tambo was born on 27 October, 1917 in the village of Nkantolo in Bizana, Eastern Cape. His father, Mzimeni Tambo, had four wives and 10 children. Oliver's mother, Mzimeni's third wife, was called Julia.
Tambo was one of the founding members of the ANC Youth League in 1944 alongside late struggle veterans, Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu.
The charismatic politician was appointed as the Secretary General of the ANC 10 years later.
When the ANC was banned in 1961, Tambo went into exile but continued activities with the movement.
He started both the UK/Ireland and Lusaka Missions and was at the forefront of mobilisation of the armed struggle and guerrilla campaigns against apartheid. Tambo was directly responsible for organising the active guerilla units. Along with his comrades Nelson Mandela, Joe Slovo and Walter Sisulu, Tambo directed and facilitated several attacks against the apartheid state.
He was formally elected as President of the ANC during the Morogoro Conference in 1969. Oliver Tambo passed away on 24 April, 1993.
He was formally elected as President of the ANC during the Morogoro Conference in 1969. Oliver Tambo passed away on 24 April 1993.
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