- South Africa's anti-apartheid political leader Oliver Tambo would have been 103 years old today
- Briefly.co.za has compiled five of his most famous quotes to celebrate the historic man's birthday
- President Cyril Ramaphosa revealed a nine-metre statue of the hero at the OR Tambo Airport in Kempton Park, also in celebration of the special day
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Today marks 27 years since the death of renowned anti-apartheid politician and activist, Oliver Tambo. It is also the South African hero's 103rd birthday. Many South Africans have taken to social media to commemorate Tambo.
"ThisDayInHistory 27 October 1917, @MYANC's longest-serving president, Comrade Oliver Reginald Tambo, was born. He passed on in 1993. He would have been 103 today," wrote the official ANC page.
Meanwhile Briefly.co.za celebrates the icon's birthday with five of his most famous and world-renowned quotes. Read the quotes below.
1. "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."
2. "We have got to move away from the concept of race and colour because that is what apartheid is. We cannot end apartheid if we retain these concepts."
3. "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."
4. "The land on which the cattle grazed was communal property. It was owned by no one. It was nobody's private farm. It was the common property of the people, shared by the people. So the practice of sharing was central to the concept of ownership of property."
5. "The true facts are not always obvious. They often have to be looked for."
Earlier today Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa unveiled a statue seeking to honour the legacy of struggle veteran Oliver Tambo on Tuesday. The statue is situated outside OR Tambo International Airport in Gauteng and is the second of its kind.
The first had been unveiled by former president Jacob Zuma. The month of October has been declared by the City of Ekurhuleni as OR Tambo Month and the nine-metre tall bronze statue of OR Tambo will be unveiled exactly 103 years since the birth of the globally-respected leader.
The president commented that the struggle veteran and longest-serving ANC president was the international voice of the nation's liberation movement:
"To the world, OR Tambo was the voice of South Africa’s liberation movement. He articulated the aspirations of every South African man, woman and child who yearned for freedom. His name was known around the world, from Oslo to London, from Accra to Moscow."
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